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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

economy

This analysis predates the COVID-19 crisis and the economic impacts that followed. It is offered as an overview of the Alamo regional economy and a resource for comparative purposes.

Regional Snapshot

Alamo Region


The 19-county Alamo region covers about 18,000 square miles in south central Texas, stretching from Fredericksburg and Kerrville in the Hill Country to Port Lavaca on the Gulf Coast.

The region includes two metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs): the San Antonio-New Braunfels MSA, which includes Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina and Wilson counties, and the Victoria MSA, including Calhoun, Goliad and Victoria counties.

Alamo Region Counties:

  • ATASCOSA
  • BANDERA
  • BEXAR
  • CALHOUN
  • COMAL
  • DEWITT
  • FRIO
  • GILLESPIE
  • GOLIAD
  • GONZALES
  • GUADALUPE
  • JACKSON
  • KARNES
  • KENDALL
  • KERR
  • LAVACA
  • MEDINA
  • VICTORIA
  • WILSON

Top 10 Industries by Location Quotient

  1. PIPELINE TRANSPORTATION
  2. SUPPORT ACTIVITIES FOR MINING
  3. NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
  4. OIL AND GAS EXTRACTION
  5. FISHING, HUNTING AND TRAPPING
  6. DATA PROCESSING, HOSTING AND RELATED SERVICES
  7. LEATHER AND ALLIED PRODUCT MANUFACTURING
  8. INSURANCE CARRIERS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
  9. RENTAL AND LEASING SERVICES
  10. Heavy and civil engineering construction

Source: JobsEQ®

Population Growth


ALAMO REGION VS. TEXAS AND U.S., 2010 to 2019

Region
17.5%

U.S.
6.3%

Texas
15.3%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

In 2019, the Alamo region’s estimated total population was about 2.9 million, or 10 percent of the state’s total population. That marked an increase of 17.5 percent (about 425,000 people) since the 2010 Census.

Education

Average Annual Earnings by Educational Attainment, Alamo Region

Average Annual Earnings by Educational Attainment, Alamo Region
Educational Attainment Number Employed, Region Average Annual Earnings, Region
Less than High School 204,124 $41,374
High School or Equivalent, No College 272,172 46,065
Some College or Associate Degree 305,963 51,098
Bachelor’s Degree or Advanced Degree 183,292 67,802
Educational Attainment Unavailable 154,375 23,176
Total 1,119,925 $47,688

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau and JobsEQ

Alamo region workers with some college or associate degrees and stable jobs earned an average of $5,033 more annually than those with a high school degree, while those with at least a bachelor’s degree earned an average of $21,737 more.

JOBS & WAGES

From 2009 to 2019, the Alamo region’s employment rose by more than 23 percent, a slightly higher growth rate than the state’s. In 2019, the region accounted for about 9.2 percent of the state’s total employment.

The Alamo region’s most significant occupations are shown below, sorted by numerical growth during the last five years.


Employment Growth, Alamo Region vs. Texas and U.S., 2009 to 2019


Note: Figures include private and public sector employees with the exception of active-duty military personnel, railroad employees, religious institution employees and the self-employed.

Sources: JobsEQ and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Top Occupations in the Alamo Region by Numeric Growth, 2014 to 2019

Top Occupations in the Alamo Region by Numeric Growth, 2014 to 2019
Occupation Number Employed Average Annual Wages
Food and Beverage Serving Workers 74,566 $21,600
Other Personal Care and Service Workers 37,291 $21,600
Construction Trades Workers 50,674 $39,000
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners 38,664 $70,500
Business Operations Specialists 35,092 $29,400

Note: Data are as of Q4 2019 except wage data, which are for covered employment in 2018.
Source: JobsEQ

Regional Economy

In 2019, taxable sales directly attributable to businesses in the region exceeded $40.8 billion, contributing about 7.3 percent of the state’s overall taxable sales.

Regional Receipts Subject to Sales Tax

Alamo Region, Taxable Sales, 2007-2019
Year Revenue Alamo Region
2007 25.8 billion dollars
2008 26.6 billion dollars
2009 24.3 billion dollars
2010 24.8 billion dollars
2011 27.5 billion dollars
2012 30.3 billion dollars
2013 32.3 billion dollars
2014 34.6 billion dollars
2015 36.0 billion dollars
2016 36.0 billion dollars
2017 36.6 billion dollars
2018 39.4 billion dollars
2019 40.8 billion dollars

Note: Numbers shown are for reported revenue subject to sales tax and directly attributed to the region.
Source: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Summary

The Alamo region is a microcosm of the state, both urban and rural, with a vibrant and diverse economy. Bexar County, with the city of San Antonio at its center, is the region’s economic hub.

The region and its 19 counties have many unique economic conditions and challenges. It’s more diverse than the state, and every county in the region is growing. The federal government, including the military, has a large footprint in the region. Businesses supporting the oil industry are highly concentrated in the region and continued to make the region’s economy robust.

The Alamo Region is one of the Comptroller’s 12 economic regions.

View a complete list of these regions, plus more in-depth county-by-county data.

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the material on this page, please contact the Comptroller’s Data Analysis and Transparency Division.