Prosperity & Well-BeingPillar 01 ↗
Through our bicentennial and beyond, Texas is the land of opportunity, prosperity, and well-being for all generations of Texans.
Economic growth is key to ensuring prosperity for all generations of Texans. Texans have enjoyed decades of economic growth and increased income. This has been made possible by many different attributes, including the talented workforce our state educates and attracts, a supportive infrastructure, and a business-friendly environment. Continuing such successes into 2036 will ensure Texans of all generations have the opportunity to prosper.
Quality of life is key to ensuring well-being for all generations of Texans. Texas is projected to add nearly 10 million people by 2036. This diverse population, like previous generations, will be drawn by, or enticed to stay by, a low cost of living, abundant natural resources, and a wide array of cultures. A rising quality of life will complement the economic benefits Texans enjoy.
These two broad goals — a prosperous, growing economy and a strong quality of life shared widely among Texans — are tied to progress in all six of our major policy pillars. To achieve these two overarching goals, our state will need to make significant advances in each of the policy pillars discussed in this Strategic Framework.
• Target: Texas ranks first among Peer States for economic growth.
• Baseline: Texas ranks first in the nation and among Peer States for economic growth with 4.4% GDP growth.
• Target: Texas ranks first among Peer States for quality of life.
• Baseline: Texas ranks #15 in the nation and #6 among Peer States for quality of life.
San Antonio Express-News - November 10, 2019 Texas GDP growth top among U.S. states: Texas had the fastest-growing economy among U.S. states in the second quarter of this year, according to data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. https://www.expressnews.com/business/article/Texas.GDP-growth-top-among-U-S-states-14820697.php
Texas' population is growing and becoming more diverse. Overall, population growth and diversity are key ingredient to continued economic growth and improving the state’s quality of life. Texas is doing well in this regard. Texas is the second-most populous state in the U.S. and has 5 of 15 of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. By 2036. Texas is expected to add nearly 10 million people, increasing our state's population to 38 million.