- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A new report says the state’s population will double by 2050 if migration into Texas continues at the same rate that it did in the last decade.

The analysis issued Thursday by the Office of the State Demographer projects the state’s population will be about 54.4 million if current immigration, both legal and illegal, and migration levels are sustained.

The study also projects population in Texas age 14 and under would increase from 5.7 million in 2010 to 10.2 million in 2050. The 15-64 population would increase from 16.8 million to 34.7 million, and the 65 and over population would rise from 2.6 million to 9.4 million.

The Austin American-Statesman (http://atxne.ws/1wKXv8F ) reports an increase in population could have broad implications for the state’s economy, quality of life, water and transportation infrastructure, schools and politics.

“Beginning in 2005, Texas has experienced the largest annual population growth of any state,” wrote the state demographer, Lloyd Potter.

Austin has set the pace for the state. Its population grew 37 percent in the decade ending in 2010.

According to demographers, migrants tend to be younger, and can help maintain a high worker to retiree ratio.

William Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institute, said that it is unlikely that Texas will be able to maintain the growth rate is has had this century, which benefited from a strong economy that was largely unbattered by the recession. Frey also said Texas received a one-time population bump from people leaving Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.

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Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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