September 15, 2011 | Publications

A Report on the Demographic Changes and Changing Needs of Fort Bend County

Authors: Dr. Peter Frumkin


In the spring and summer of 2011, the George Foundation engaged Professor Peter Frumkin at the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, at the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin, to conduct a comprehensive update to his 2006 needs assessment of Fort Bend County. The purpose of the update is to identify areas of changing, addressed, and newly arising need in light of the many changes that have taken place in the county since the past assessment, including changes in the financial situation, service provision, and in particular, demographics as revealed by new data coming out of the 2010 Census. This update reports on:

  • The demographic changes in Fort Bend County since the 2000 Census

  • An extended perceptions study of a selection of experts, stakeholders, and service providers in Fort Bend County on its met and unmet need;

  • A randomized telephone survey of County residents, also seeking opinions about unmet need in the County, with new questions relating to the mortgage crisis and Hurricanes Katrina and Ike; and

  • A feature highlighting the issue of high school drop-out, prevalent in Fort Bend County and of critical interest to the George Foundation.