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ERIC Number: ED103144
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 65
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The Future of Nonmetropolitan Towns in Texas.
DeAre, Diana
Focusing on Texas nonmetropolitan areas, this study described recent population changes, identified probable causes of change, examined demographic and economic correlates and the likelihood of continued trends. Population changes from 1960 to 1970 in 164 nonmetropolitan incorporated (NMI) places with a population between 2,500 and 25,000 were studied. Each place was designated as growing, declining, or stable. Of the 118 growing and declining places, 52 grew and 66 declined. Correlation between growth and decline of Texas' NMI places and size of place and the geographic variables of urban influence, accessibility, and regional location were then examined. NMI places were further classified into regions, and regional growth patterns were examined using four declining and three growing regions. Findings were: (1) places remote from the Interstate Highway System tended to decline; (2) location in close proximity to a growing urban center favored growth; (3) places with relatively high proportions of their labor force engaged in manufacturing tended to grow, while those with agricultural and mining industries tended to decline. Using the three labor factors and two geographic factors, predictions for 1960-70 growth were made and then tested against actual changes. As prediction accuracy was 70 percent, predictions were also made for 1970-80. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Texas