Anyone who has spent time in Houston knows it has changed over the years, but it may be more dramatic than many realize.
Rice University researchers, who conduct an annual survey of the city, are looking back at more than three decades of studies.
They say the bayou city has evolved from a predominantly white, blue collar oil boomtown to a community considered among the most diverse in the country.
The future, they say, lies in harnessing the power of that diversity.
Rice University sociologist Dr. Stephen Klineberg says, "The source of wealth, for cities like Houston, in the 21st century will have to do with attracting the best and the brightest people in America."
Dr. Klineberg is working on his latest survey of Houston, looking at changing complexions and social considerations.
Results are expected in April.