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Voting With Their Feet: Texas Cities Lead Nation In Population Growth.
Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 972 -- Texas Cities Win-
Texas just keeps winning.
First, recognition from Investor's Business Daily:
Texas outperformed every other state in the nation on jobs and growth over the past decade.... The rankings are based on state GDP growth, population shifts, and changes in non-farm payroll jobs between 2001 and 2011.
Meanwhile, BizJournals ranked three Texas cities among the top five for economic performance in May (Barack Obama's Chicago, on the other hand, was 99th out of 102 major metros).
And then there's the matter of people voting with their feet and moving where the opportunity and prosperity are.
From the U.S. Census Bureau:
Eight of the 15 fastest-growing large U.S. cities and towns for the year ending July 1, 2012 were in Texas, according to population estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Lone Star State also stood out in terms of the size of population growth, with five of the 10 cities and towns that added the most people over the year.
Think about those figures.
Three of the top five and five of the top ten cities for numeric population increase from July 2011 to July 2012 were in Texas:
Eight of the fifteen fastest growing American cities over that same time frame were in Texas. No other state had more than one city in the top fifteen:
Texas cities just keep continuing their economic domination. Small cities, big cities, short-term, long-term. Up and down the scorecard.
Indeed, in my last post about Scranton versus Austin (or, "why Darryl, Jim, and Pam from The Office all moved to Austin in the series finale"), I erred. Sort of. I wrote:
Austin is now bigger than San Francisco, yes, but it's still only the 13th or 14th largest metro in the country.
The latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, just out yesterday, actually shows that Austin, having passed Jacksonville, Florida and Indianapolis, Indiana, is now the 11th largest city in America. To crack the top ten, Austin will have to pass San Jose (Silicon Valley), which is actually growing in its own right. From July 2011 to July 2012, San Jose added 12,751 people. Over that same time, Austin added 25,395, a difference of 12,644.
Based on those trends, Austin will catch San Jose in 11.086 years, or roughly 11 years, 1 month, and 1 day. Of course trends change. They fluctuate. Growth slows down or accelerates. But that's the crude projection based on the most recent data we have: Austin will be among the largest ten cities in America by 2024.
Previous Trivia Tidbit: Scranton Versus Austin.
Scranton Versus Austin.
Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 971 -- Jobs, GDP, Housing-
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't seen the final episode of The Office yet but plan on watching it at some point down the road, consider yourself warned. This post contains spoilers.
NBC's last remaining hit show, The Office, aired its final episode last night. SPOILER ALERT
The premise of the episode is that one year has passed, and the gang is all getting back together in Scranton for a retrospective panel about the PBS documentary they've been living for the past several years. Jim's start-up sports agency company, Athlead, renamed Athleap, has moved to Austin. Darryl, who once worked in the Dunder-Mifflin warehouse, followed Jim to Athlead, but Jim decided to quit the start-up and stay in Scranton with his wife Pam. Darryl stayed with Athlead (again, now Athleap). That may or may not make sense, depending on whether you've seen the show.
At any rate, the gang comes back to Scranton, and Darryl, fresh off the plane from Austin and wearing a suit, jumps in a limo. He's clearly doing well. Banter ensues when the gang reunites.
“The city is amazing,” Darryl says of Austin. “It’s hot, the music is awesome and the tacos are for real.”
There's more talk of Austin throughout the episode, and it even becomes a plot line, as Pam secretly allows a real estate agent to show their home so they can both quit Dunder-Mifflin and move to Texas.
“I never want you to give up anything,” Pam says after he learns she’s sold their house so they can fully uproot and move to Austin so Jim can run the company again with Darryl.
So, yeah. The writers apparently really, really like Austin.
One quibble I'd have with the Austin-centric theme is that Darryl would not have on the big, wool suit he was wearing when he gets off the plane from Austin. Austin is way too laid back for that, once you leave the two or three blocks that surround the Capitol. And, I actually sat next to a real sports agent during the first (technically, second) round of March Madness in Austin, and he said he would love to live in Austin, and the UT-Austin talent pipeline for pro sports is great, but ultimately, agents and big agencies almost have to be located either in cities in the top 5 in population or with the top-10 largest airports. Austin is now bigger than San Francisco, yes, but it's still only the 13th or 14th largest metro in the country. And Austin's airport may be pleasant and easy to navigate, with decent food and live music, but you typically have to connect through Houston, Dallas, or elsewhere, depending on where you want to go. Austin's airport is definitely nowhere near the top 10.
Not to throw cold water on the Austin meme. It's where I live. I love the city and welcome the growth. I'm just saying, I had some quibbles.
That being said, I wanted to compare Scranton versus Austin. Why did the writers choose Austin for the promised land?
How about the economy as a whole?
First, let's look at GDP growth from 2001 to 2011 (the most recent year for which standardized metro data is available):
Austin added two entire 2011 Scrantons worth of GDP to its economy over the decade (or, nearly three 2001 Scrantons).
Austin started bigger, of course. But its economy also grew more than twice as fast, 75% to 34%. Pretty incredible disparity.
And what about jobs?
The Office debuted in March of 2005, so let's use that date as a starting point.
As of March 2013 (the most recent data we have), Scranton has 2,296 fewer jobs than it had in March of 2005. That's a decline of 0.89%. [Data here.]
Austin, meanwhile, added 175,670 jobs from March 2005 to March 2013. 23.24% more than when it started. [Data here.]
NOTE: The two graphs in the graphic directly below have different scales. Putting both on the same graph yields two mostly-flat lines across because the numbers are so far apart.
No, really. I had to triple-check the disparity, because it was eye-popping to me.
Here's another version:
Scranton barely registers, and unfortunately, it registers negatively. Austin, meanwhile, has boomed.
So on GDP, jobs, and housing, you can see why Austin was the mecca for folks looking to flee stagnant jobs in the paper industry in Scranton. And editorially, let me just say that The Office got pretty bad in the past couple of seasons, and it felt like a chore watching it ("We have to finish what we started!") since roughly 2010 or so, but the series finale was excellent. I wish all TV shows could wrap things up so nicely.
Previous Trivia Tidbit: Air Traffic Control Sham.
Dr. Steven Hotze's New Lawsuit Against Obamacare.
There is new life in the legal battle against Obamacare:
In the above video which I filmed this morning, Dr. Steven F. Hotze, M.D. is surrounded by supportive conservatives from both chambers of the Texas legislature as he explains the basis of his lawsuit (be sure to watch the remarks from Andrew Schlafly, as well as the entire press conference with Q&A).
The Texas Tribune explains why this lawsuit is a new front in the battle against Obamacare:
The lawsuit presents two constitutional challenges: First, it argues that the ACA violates the rule that requires revenue-raising bills to begin the U.S. House, because the original bill began as a tax credit bill for veterans —not a revenue-raising bill. Second, the lawsuit argues that the ACA violates the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution by essentially requiring citizens to pay money to other citizens by compelling employers to pay private insurance companies for health coverage.
It would be appropriate for a Texas doctor's lawsuit to force the scrapping of the "train wreck" known as Obamacare.
Good for Doctor Hotze. Let's hope we see Hotze v. Sebelius, 4:13-cv-1318, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas (Houston), quickly work its way up to the Supreme Court, where they can right the wrong that John Roberts foisted on America with his imaginative, activist ruling. If Obamacare really is a tax, it was plainly passed in violation of the Origination Clause. And in the meantime, the Obamacare pain will soon begin for individuals and businesses, making a consistently unpopular law even less popular.