By the Numbers

How People Who Love People worked to unmake segregation in Tyler 50 years ago

Editor's note: Phil Latham's story, below, is paired with untitled photos by Judy Bankhead's My Town, which documents Tyler in silver gelatin...

Will a summer of global climate extremes turn more East Texans into believers?

July was brutal for much of the planet. Europe's ongoing drought is so severe you can see the dryness from space. Japan's heatwave has killed more...

Tyler’s unemployment rate has never been lower. So, we’re all getting raises, right?

You may have noticed an increase in the number of hiring signs showing up around Tyler. It's not a trick of the eyes: the...

Think Tyler is changing because of a big spike in migration? Not quite.

There’s a theory I often hear in coffeeshop conversations about the future of Tyler. It goes like this: many of the changes happening in...

Behind the churn in Tyler’s restaurant scene

No one felt like cooking the other night, so we decided to eat out. Feeling bored of our usual haunts, our son suggested the...
A foreclosure sign.

In Tyler, as in America, the wealth gap between blacks and whites is all about housing

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median wealth for African-American households across the country in 2013 was $9,000. That means when you add up the...
A 1933 map of the East Texas Oil Field, by E.D. Ray. Published online by the Texas General Land Office.

Is Tyler’s economy really tied to oil booms and busts?

"When oil prices go up, Tyler booms." It's a sentiment I've heard over and over in my years of living here in Tyler. Sure,...

These eight maps show how annexation shaped Tyler, from 1940 to today

Few decisions can more dramatically rewire a city than annexation, the process of widening city borders to absorb nearby land — and people. A bigger footprint can mean more demand for public services,...

As Tyler’s women become more educated, men fall behind

In a demographic shift that mirrors national trends, Tyler's young women are rapidly becoming much more educated than their male peers. According to the U.S. census,...

Tyler’s traffic is as awful as you think it is (and we’ve got proof)

When describing Tyler to friends who've never visited, I often call it "a small city with big city traffic." Picking my son up from school each...