A Political Atlas of Texas
Texas Politics and 
  Demography

     By County
Texas is a Rural State
% of State Population
    (24,326,974 )
             COUNTIES      %
             Harris       16.3
             Dallas   ...
GOP % 2004
Bush (61) v. Kerry (38)




    75 - 100
    50 - 75
    25 - 50
     0 - 25
X $1,000
Asian VAP %
      Asians cluster in 
      • Research centers (Harris, 
        Fort Bend, Travis, 
        Williamson, Da...
Registered Voters/VAP %

                       Escapees
                       Polk County




                          ...
Registered Voters/VAP %
• Polk County is highest (132%) because about 
  12,000 Escapees* roam the country in their 
  RVs...
Do the math!
• Counties get redder as age and income
  increase and population decreases.
• GOP% goes up with age, 1.54% p...
The mark of a truly educated
man is to be moved deeply by
statistics.

       George Bernard ∑haw
With thanks to:
       Professor Jim Granato
Director, UH Center for Public Policy

         Saumitra Vaidya
        Resea...
Texas Political Atlas:
http://www.uh.edu/cpp/texaspoliticalatlas.pdf


                See also:
  http://www.uh.edu/cpp/e...
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The Political Atlas of Texas displays Presidential election returns (2000, 2004, 2008) and census data (2000) by county.

Some slides show the distribution of the total population, (27% of all Texans live in Harris and Dallas Counties.) Some show ethnic distribution.

Since we are talking about election returns we mostly use Voting Age Population (VAP) rather than total population. The census data includes the Voting Rights Act ethnic variables that must be considered in redistricting as well as median age, median income, and educational attainment.

One interesting slide shows that about 20% of Texas’ 254 counties have more registered voters than VAP. (Conspiracy theorists don’t worry! There’s nothing evil going on here! Twenty percent is about the average for the 3000 counties in the country. Voting data is 2008. VAP is 2000. And, of course, there is the Hispanic undercount.)

Lastly, there is an analysis that shows how the GOP vote percentage in each county is affected by the census variables.

--Bill Hobby

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Texas Political Atlas

  1. 1. A Political Atlas of Texas
  2. 2. Texas Politics and  Demography By County
  3. 3. Texas is a Rural State
  4. 4. % of State Population (24,326,974 ) COUNTIES % Harris 16.3 Dallas 10.6 Tarrant 6.9 Bexar 6.7 Travis 3.9 El Paso 3.3 Hidalgo 2.7 Collin 2.4 Denton 2.1 Fort Bend 1.7 Cameron 1.6 Nueces 1.5 Montgomery 1.4 Jefferson 1.2 Galveston 1.2 Williamson 1.2 Lubbock 1.2 Brazoria 1.2 Bell 1.1 McLennan 1.0
  5. 5. GOP % 2004 Bush (61) v. Kerry (38) 75 - 100 50 - 75 25 - 50 0 - 25
  6. 6. X $1,000
  7. 7. Asian VAP % Asians cluster in  • Research centers (Harris,  Fort Bend, Travis,  Williamson, Dallas, Collin,  Denton). • Barrier islands (Galveston,  Brazoria, Matagorda,  Aransas).  Vietnamese  fishermen. • Fort Hood (Bell, Coryell)   Military wives and families.
  8. 8. Registered Voters/VAP % Escapees Polk County Non-escapees Walker County 97.7 - 200.0 87.1 - 97.5 78.1 - 86.6 55.9 - 77.7
  9. 9. Registered Voters/VAP % • Polk County is highest (132%) because about  12,000 Escapees* roam the country in their  RVs but register to vote at Rainbow’s End  Park to escape income taxes in other states. • Walker County is lowest (59%) because about  25% VAP are non‐escapees from the three  prisons at Huntsville. • Registered Voters data is 2008.  VAP data is  2000.
  10. 10. Do the math! • Counties get redder as age and income increase and population decreases. • GOP% goes up with age, 1.54% per year. • GOP% goes up with income, .64% per $1,000. • GOP% goes down with population: – 2.4% per 1% of state population. – 0.1% per 10,000 people.
  11. 11. The mark of a truly educated man is to be moved deeply by statistics. George Bernard ∑haw
  12. 12. With thanks to: Professor Jim Granato Director, UH Center for Public Policy Saumitra Vaidya Research Assistant
  13. 13. Texas Political Atlas: http://www.uh.edu/cpp/texaspoliticalatlas.pdf See also: http://www.uh.edu/cpp/election2004.htm

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