COU Reports

COU Standard of Living Index 2017 - 2nd Annual Edition

In this policy brief, The COU Standard of Living Index, Wendell Cox provides cost of living estimates for new entrants to metropolitan markets, including prospective home buyers as well as renters.
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Hurricane Harvey Whitepaper

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and the disastrous flooding, Houston has come under extreme scrutiny. Much of the current debate starts from a firm misunderstanding of the region’s realities.
Street view in Coral Gables
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Flight From Urban Cores Accelerates: 2016 Metropolitan Area Estimates

by Wendell Cox The flight from the nation’s major metropolitan area core counties increased 60 percent between 2015 and 2016, according to just-released estimates from the US Census Bureau.
The screwed generation turns socialist

The Screwed Generation Turns Socialist

by Joel Kotkin The Depression and WWII shaped the greatest generation, and postwar prosperity shaped the Baby Boomers. Millennials, battered by capitalism, move ever leftward.

Visualizing Houston's Population Density

by Brian Shreckengast Population density may sound like the most mundane of metrics, a column heading in a city planner’s spreadsheet, but in cities across the U.S. it’s been a source of cultural controversy, guiding where people move and why.
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Decentralize Government to Resolve Country's Divisions

by Joel Kotkin America is increasingly a nation haunted by fears of looming dictatorship. Whether under President Barack Obama’s “pen and phone” rule, or...Read more
Xi'an Demographics

Death Spiral Demographics: The Countries Shrinking The Fastest

by Joel Kotkin For most of recent history, the world has worried about the curse of overpopulation. But in many countries, the problem may soon be too few people, and of those, too many old ones.
Satellite Image of New York CIty

2010-2013 Small Area Data Shows Strong Suburban & Exurban Growth

By Wendell Cox... The latest Census Bureau data indicates that suburban and exurban areas represent the overwhelming share of growth in metropolitan areas…

Generation X's Moment Of Power Is Almost Here

By Joel Kotkin & Wendell Cox It certainly seems as if boomers are in charge in America now, but Generation X is poised to dominate the near future…

The Emergence of Texas Urbanism; The Triangle Takes Off

By Henry Cisneros... Today we see economic vitality most evident in the remarkable emergence of the “Texas Triangle” encompassing Houston, Dallas-Ft. Worth, and Austin-San Antonio.

Texas-Style Urbanism Wooing Millions to Lone Star State

By Jennifer Goodman... Texas cities are attracting millions from around the U.S. and the world with the promise of decent-paying jobs, affordable homes and entrepreneurial opportunity.

How the Left and Right Can Learn to Love Localism: The Constitutional Cure for polarization

By Joel Kotkin... A return to more local control may be a cure for the growing polarization, as localism has fans on both the right and the left