I timed myself – it took just six minutes to complete my 2010 Census questionnaire. And, as of April 27, 2010, between 81 and 83 percent of West University Place residents have done the same, a good ten points higher than the US average. You can see our neighborhood's results here http://2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map/.
Now Texas (in general) and Houston (specifically) have been growing in population. But we are actually growing faster than our own ability to raise children – we have had “net inward migration”. In other words, Houston has been attracting people from other parts of the country. In fact, Houston was the #1 destination city in the country, according to U-Haul International’s 2009 National Migration Trend Report.
Now obviously, our voter and tax bases increase when people pack up and move to our city. And of course, the Census data is important for political representation, redistricting, etc. However, you may not have considered that net inward migration is a big, big boost to local businesses and helps keep our tax rate low as well.
Why? Because workers who arrive via "net inward migration" get here as fully-grown adults. If we raised these workers from scratch, we would have to send them to public school for eighteen years. Think of the cumulative cost of books, salaries, buildings, maintenance, etc. needed to educate a single kid - before that person can become your employee. California has benefitted from this “migration bonus” for years, but is now being forced to play catch-up in providing education.
So say “Howdy” to all these new Texans – they weren’t born here, but "net inward migration " got them here as soon as they could. Let’s welcome them and put ’em to work!