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District 48

By Lee Nichols, January 27, 2006, News

So who lives in District 48? Looking at these demographic numbers from the state of Texas and the U.S. Census Bureau, a typical resident is: better educated and wealthier than the average Texan; likely to be more conservative than other Travis Co. residents, but more liberal than other Texans; and, while more likely to have kids in private schools than other Texans, not by much – the overwhelming majority use public schools, no doubt a factor that swayed vote totals both in 2004 and in last week's special election in a more Democratic direction than normal.


Demographic Info

(Dist. 48 / Texas)

% Students in Public School: 88.0% / 93.1%

College Degree (Age 25+): 58.7% / 23.2%
Did Not Finish High School: 6.3% / 24.3%

Per Capita Income: $41,573 / $19,617

Annual Household Income
Under $10,000: 5.2% / 10.4%
$10,000 - $24,999: 11.5% / 20.2%
$25,000 - $49,999: 24.3% / 30.0%
$50,000 or more: 59.1% / 39.5%

Population Living in Poverty: 6.9% / 15.4%

Average Value of Owner-Occupied Home: $305,952 / $109,639


Population
Anglo: 102,325
Black: 4,911
Hispanic: 15,988
Other: 9,821
Total: 132,858


CITIES (Includes all or portions of):
Austin (74% of District 48's population), Cedar Park, Lago Vista, Leander, Jonestown, Rollingwood, West Lake Hills

School Districts: # voting-age population within D. 48**
Austin ISD: 79,860
Eanes ISD: 26,153
Leander ISD: 16,855
Lago Vista ISD: 6,009
Pflugerville ISD: 3,516
Marble Falls ISD: 459
Round Rock ISD: 6


2004 General Election

District 48 went solidly Republican in the November election, though the State Rep. race was a virtual toss-up.

(District 48 / State)

State Rep. District 48
Todd Baxter (R) 50.1%
Kelly White (D) 49.9%

President / V.P.
Bush/Cheney (R) 53.0% / 61.5%
Kerry/Edwards (D) 47.0% / 38.5%

U.S. Rep. District 10*
Michael McCaul (R) 76.7% / 83.7%
Robert Fritsche (L) 23.3% / 16.3%

U.S. Rep. District 21
Lamar Smith (R) 59.8% / 63.4%
Rhett Smith (D) 40.2% / 36.6%

Railroad Commissioner
Victor Carrillo (R) 55.3% / 57.5%
Bob Scarborough (D) 44.7% / 42.5%

Supreme Court, Place 9
Scott Brister (R) 54.5% / 59.2%
David Van Os (D) 45.5% / 40.8%

Travis Co. Sheriff
Duane McNeill (R) 52.9% / 41.4%
Greg Hamilton (D) 47.1% / 58.6%

* No totals available for write-in Democrat Lorenzo Sadun


**Oops! The following correction ran in the February 3, 2006 issue: In last week's issue on House District 48 demographics, the numbers next to each school district represented the number of voting-age District 48 residents within each school district, not the number of students.

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