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Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


Joint Base San Antonio Economic Impact on the Texas Economy, 2017

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts analyzed the economic impact of Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) on the Texas economy at the request of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission (TMPC). The Comptroller estimates that population directly affiliated with JBSA contributed at least $30.37 billion to the Texas economy in 2017.[1]

JBSA provided the data used in this analysis to the TMPC. Starting with this information, the Comptroller's office collected additional data from each of the state’s 13U.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.[2] Below is the economic contribution derived from these data of the population associated with JBSA.

Estimated Contribution of Joint Base San Antonio to the Texas Economy, 2017
Metric Value
Total direct employment 64,967
Total employment [3] 187,174
Output [4] $30,373,948,000
Gross domestic product [5] $18,659,669,000
Disposable personal income [6] $12,203,017,000

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

Although the estimated total contributions presented above provide a strong indicator of the economic importance of JBSA to Texas, the Comptroller acknowledges there is potential for additional positive economic impact to the state. Each installation’s distinctive characteristics contribute to the Texas economy but, while instrumental to the state’s economic growth, cannot always be precisely quantified. Joint Base San Antonio provided the following data, which were used for the analysis.

Joint Base San Antonio

2080 Wilson Way
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston,Texas 78234
Description Full Time Equivalent (FTE)
Active Duty Army 7,109
Active Duty Navy & Marines 1,307
Active Duty Air Force 12,831
Active Duty Coast Guard 0
Active Duty National Guard 2,796
Civilian Personnel Appropriated 24,462
Civilian Personnel Non-Appropriated 140
Army Reserve 1,542
Navy Reserve 132
Air Force Reserve 995
Coast Guard Reserve 0
Part-time Civilian Personnel Appropriated 2
Part-time Civilian Personnel Non-Appropriated 615
Contractors, Total (staff) 0
Average Daily Student Load 13,036
Total Direct Employment 64,967

Other Populations
Description Number
Dependents 58,939
On-installation School Attendance 4,106
Off-installation School Attendance 28,561
Military retirees accessing station/base/post/camp facilities or resources
(e.g. hospitals, PXs, exchanges, etc.)

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 James C. (Chris) Sharpe, Director Operations Plans Programs and Integration, JBSA to Alexandra Taylor, Texas Military Preparedness Commission, March 21, 2018; and additional clarification interviews.
  2. Estimate inputs and assumptions include the following: (1) all data submitted is for 2017; (2) input includes full-time, permanent employees and a full-time equivalent (FTE) for any part-time employees; (3) dependents are associated with JBSA; (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.

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