Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Skip navigation
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Skip navigation
Top navigation skipped


Naval Air Station Kingsville Economic Impact on the Texas Economy, 2021

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts estimates the population directly affiliated with Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville, located in Kingsville, contributed at least $751 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
NAS Kingsville to the Texas Economy, 2021
Contribution Value
Total direct employment 1,647
Total employment (direct & indirect)[3] 4,442
Output[4] $751,525,000
Gross domestic product[5] $450,613,000
Disposable personal income[6] $295,946,000

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

The Comptroller’s economic impact analysis represents a conservative estimate of the economic importance of NAS Kingsville 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 NAS Kingsville.

NAS Kingsville occupies a total of 16,000 acres.

Employment and Other Populations
Description Full Time Equivalent (FTE)
Active Duty Army 0
Active Duty Navy & Marines 494
Active Duty Air Force 0
Active Duty Coast Guard 0
Active Duty National Guard/Reserve 11
Appropriated 218
Non-Appropriated 35
Army Reserve 17
Navy & Marines Reserve 0
Air Force Reserve 0
Coast Guard Reserve 0
Appropriated 0
Non-Appropriated 22
Contractors, Total (staff) 645
Full Time Employees Not Listed Elsewhere 0
Average Daily Student Load 205
Total Direct Employment 1,647
Number of Dependents 745
Number Attending On-installation Schools 0
Number Attending Off-installation Schools 307
Military retirees accessing station/base/post/camp facilities or resources (e.g. hospitals, PXs, exchanges, etc.) 33,712

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 Kevin Clark, Public Affairs Officer, NAS Kingsville to Alexandra Taylor, Texas Military Preparedness Commission, April 19, 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 NAS Kingsville 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.