Texas Public Policy Foundation
One in every five Americans call California or Texas home. Comparisons between the two most-populous states are useful because both states have diverse populations and economies, but vastly different politics. That, in turn, leads to divergent public policies in taxation and regulation—with very different outcomes.
Demographically, California and Texas both feature minority-majority populations, with the future face of America looking somewhat like a blend between the two states, if current immigration and birthrate trends persist. Along with Hawaii and New Mexico, the white, non-Hispanic population in California and Texas is well below half (though if the two most affluent demographic groups, white, non-Hispanics