COLLEGE STATION, Tex. — The population of Texas is growing at about half the rate it grew during the boom years of 1980-82, and preliminary figures for 1986 suggest that growth may be stabilizing, a report released Thursday said.
Natural increase, the excess of births over deaths, accounted for most of the population increase, said Steve Murdock, head of the Rural Sociology Department at Texas A&M University.
"The state's population is still growing. It grew from 14.2 million people in 1980 to 16.4 million in 1985, but the rate of growth has slowed substantially," he said.