District receives demographic update

Population and Survey Analysts (PASA) of College Station, TX recently completed a Demographic Update for Lake Travis ISD.  The comprehensive report highlights housing projections, economic trends, ratios of students per household, student enrollment projections, and long range planning.  According to PASA president and chief demographer Dr. Pat Guseman, PASA projects student data for a school district by using forward‐looking techniques, and does not rely strictly on past rates of change.   

Considering a moderate growth rate scenario, PASA estimates that Lake Travis ISD could have an enrollment of more than 15,700 students by the 2025-2026 school year.  In October 2016, Lake Travis schools recorded a total enrollment of 9,825 students.

According to the update, during the 2015-216 school year, Lake Travis ISD’s total percent growth was second highest at 6.35%, behind Dripping Springs ISD at 7.01%.   For the past five years, Lake Travis ISD has been the overall leader in percent growth, at 32.56%, followed by Dripping Springs ISD at 31.03%.  In the area of standardized testing, in spring 2016, 93.4% of LTISD students passed the STAAR, compared to 73.26% statewide.  This ranks Lake Travis ISD third among all 129 districts in the state with more than 8,000 students.  

Other socioeconomic characteristics of similar-sized districts like Lake Travis ISD are updated annually by the American Community Survey.  Recently released data from 2015 indicate that Lake Travis ISD’s population is:  

1.       Significantly older – The median age is 42.5 years old, compared to the Austin-metro area median of 34.3 years old.  LTISD also has the highest percent of 60-plus year olds (20%) compared to the Austin, Eanes, Leander and Round Rock school districts, due to the heavier proportion of empty nesters living in LTISD.  

2.       Fewer millennials – Lake Travis has 8% of its residents who are aged 25‐34, compared to Austin ISD’s 23%, Eanes ISD’s 10%, and Leander ISD’s 13%–partially due to the higher prices for homes in the suburban districts.

3.       More educated –  Fifty-eight percent of the population holds a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 43% in the Austin-Metro area.

4.       More affluent – The median household income in Lake Travis ISD is $102,771, compared to $67,195 in the Austin consolidated metro area.

5.       Commuting longer than most – The mean travel time to work (one‐way) is 31.7 minutes.  This figure has increased steadily over the last several years.  The Austin-metro area has also increased travel times in the last several years.

The complete LTISD Demographic Update - February 2017 is posted on the Lake Travis ISD website.

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