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Lila Valencia, City of Austin Demographer

  • July 20, 2022
  • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
  • UT Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712


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A Decade of Growth: Austin Population Change and Demographic Trends

The Central Texas region is the fastest growing area in the country, and Austin is a key draw. Austin stands out among other Texas and U.S. cities topping the charts on population and job growth as well as diversity. However, population and economic booms in the area do not always translate into prosperity for all.

In this talk, Dr. Lila Valencia will review results from the 2020 Census, recent demographic trends, and take a look at future growth. She’ll discuss implications of these demographic changes on housing, transportation, and other policy areas.

About our speaker:

Dr. Lila Valencia is Austin’s City Demographer. She leads the Strategic Data Initiatives team at the Housing and Planning Department and produces population estimates and projections to support the planning and decision-making of city departments, local businesses and organizations, and the community at large.

Lila is an applied demographer with over 15 years of experience in quantitative and qualitative analysis in both the public and private sectors. Before her role at the City, Lila was a senior demographer at the Texas Demographic Center where she monitored and reported demographic and socioeconomic trends to inform policymaking and planning for the state of Texas. She managed product development for the Center and led 2020 Census coordination efforts with varying stakeholders across the state.

Previously, Lila served as senior research analyst and complaint specialist at the City of Austin’s Office of the Police Monitor where she fielded complaints of police misconduct allegations and produced analysis and annual reports documenting these allegations.

Lila holds a Ph.D. in Applied Demography from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a Master’s from the College of William & Mary in Virginia, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Lila has lived in Austin for over 25 years and enjoys Austin’s green spaces, live music, and cultural events with her husband Michael, daughter Ada, and their family pet Amaya.


6:50am - Coffee & Networking 

7:10am - Breakfast Buffet

7:25am - Introductions & Announcements

7:50am - Speaker Introduction

8:20am - Q&A

8:30am - Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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