Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base Economic Impact on the Texas Economy, 2021

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts estimates the population directly affiliated with the Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base (Ellington Field), located in Houston, contributed at least $217 million to the Texas economy in 2021.[1]

Working with the Texas Military Preparedness Commission, the Comptroller’s office collected data from each of the state’s 14 U.S. military installations using a survey designed to ensure consistency in determining the total direct and indirect contribution of the base’s populations to state-level employment, gross domestic product, output and disposable personal income (Exhibit 1).[2]

Exhibit 1
Estimated Total Contribution of
Ellington Field to the Texas Economy, 2021
Contribution Value
Total direct employment 414
Total employment (direct & indirect)[3] 1,203
Output[4] $217,681,000
Gross domestic product[5] $128,750,000
Disposable personal income[6] $85,043,000

Source: Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI) - model for Texas

The Comptroller’s economic impact analysis represents a conservative estimate of the economic importance of Ellington Field to Texas. Each installation’s distinctive characteristics contribute to the Texas economy in different ways. This analysis uses a consistent model to determine the economic impact of each of the state’s military installations to the state’s economic growth.


The following data were provided by Ellington Field.

Ellington Field occupies a total of 213 acres.

Employment and Other Populations
Description Full Time Equivalent (FTE)
Active Duty Army 0
Active Duty Navy & Marines 0
Active Duty Air Force 170
Active Duty Coast Guard 0
Active Duty National Guard/Reserve 0
Appropriated 114
Non-Appropriated 0
Army Reserve 0
Navy & Marines Reserve 0
Air Force Reserve 87
Coast Guard Reserve 0
Appropriated 0
Non-Appropriated 0
Contractors, Total (staff) 6
Full Time Employees Not Listed Elsewhere 37
Average Daily Student Load 0
Total Direct Employment 414
Number of Dependents 255
Number Attending On-installation Schools 0
Number Attending Off-installation Schools 215
Military retirees accessing station/base/post/camp facilities or resources (e.g. hospitals, PXs, exchanges, etc.) 69,000

End Notes

  1. This study represents an analysis of the economic impact of the population and employees directly affiliated with the base. This includes active duty, visiting, and other military personnel, dependents, civilian employees and contractors directly affiliated with the base – as reported in documents emailed from Major Joseph Ranch, Executive Officer, Ellington Field, to Alexandra Taylor, Texas Military Preparedness Commission, February 25, 2022; and additional clarification interviews.
  2. Estimate inputs and assumptions include the following: (1) all data submitted are for 2021; (2) input includes full-time, permanent employees and a full-time equivalent (FTE) for any part-time employees; (3) dependents are associated with Ellington Field only; (4) all economic impact is within Texas.
  3. “Total employment” refers to both direct and indirect employment.
  4. “Output” refers to the total value of all goods and services (both final and intermediate) produced in Texas.
  5. “Gross domestic product” refers to the total value of all final goods and services produced in Texas.
  6. “Disposable personal income” refers to post-income-tax income.