Texas’ population is projected to double by 2050, according to a report from Texas’ Office of the State Demographer.
According to the report, Texas’ population, currently estimated to be 26,230,098 residents, will grow to 54,446,355 residents by 2050.
While young adults between the ages of 20-34 years are the most likely to move to Texas in a given year, Texas is projected to have much a larger population of elderly residents than it currently does. Their numbers are projected to grow at a greater percentage than any other age demographic in the state through 2030, according to the report.
“Larger elderly populations will likely place heavier demands on social security, health care, and other services. However, we also see that continuing immigration should lead to more workers per retiree,” reads the report. “In this circumstance, migration would reduce the relative size of the aged population. Consequently, the future patterns of Texas migration could have important implications for our ability to maintain an adequate support system for our elderly population.”
Even in the unlikely event that all migration into Texas ceased, the population would still rise to more than 31 million by 2050, the report said.