Texas is the fastest growing state for people under 18.
The new data show that Texas added more than 350,000 residents under 18 between 2000 and 2003, 75,000 more than Florida and 183,000 more than California, the next two fastest-growing states for young people.
Texas' fastest growth was among children under 5 and between 5 and 13 -- it led the nation in both categories. It ranked third in the increase of children between 14 and 17.
"This shows how young Texas is becoming," said Steve Murdock, state demographer and head of the Texas State Data Center. "I think it's safe to say we can expect the demand for educational services will be particularly acute in the years ahead."