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Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Central Texas Region

counties and position in Texas

Central Texas Region
gross domestic product,

About 3 percent of Texas’ GDP of $1.8 trillion.

Central Texas Region Counties:

  • Bell
  • Bosque
  • Brazos
  • Burleson
  • Coryell
  • Falls
  • Freestone
  • Grimes
  • Hamilton
  • Hill
  • Lampasas
  • Leon
  • Limestone
  • Madison
  • McLennan
  • Milam
  • Mills
  • Robertson
  • San Saba
  • Washington

The 20-county Central Texas region covers about 17,400 square miles in the heart of Texas, stretching from Hillsboro in the north, to Interstate 45 in the east, to East Yegua Creek in the south, to the confluence of the San Saba and Colorado rivers.

The region includes three metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs): the College Station-Bryan MSA, comprising Brazos, Burleson and Robertson counties; the Waco MSA, comprising Falls and McLennan counties; and the Killeen-Temple MSA, comprising Bell, Coryell and Lampasas counties.

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Population Change

Brazos County and Bell County led the region’s growth, rising by 20 percent and 19.5 percent, respectively, between 2010 and 2020.




Jobs & Wages

Around 480,900 people were employed in the region in 2020, an increase of 41,548 jobs from 2010. Higher education is a top industry by employment, growth and location quotient (LQ). An LQ of 1.25 or higher indicates the industry is highly concentrated and unique to the regional economy.

Percent change in total jobs, 2010 to 2020

Employment growth in the Central Texas Region grew by 9.5%, compared to Texas at 17.1% and the U.S. at 7.8%.

Top Industries by Location Quotient, 2020

Top Central Texas Region Industries by Location Quotient, 2020
Industry Employment Average Annual Wages Location Quotient
Animal Production (Proprietors) 9,535 $10,896 6.87
Poultry and Egg Production 890 $57,550 6.07
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 373 $93,756 5.51
Support Activities for Animal Production 690 $39,308 3.91
Colleges, Universities and Professional Schools 29,788 $57,518 3.17

Industries with Largest Total Jobs Growth, 2015 to 2020

Central Texas Region Industries with Largest Total Growth, 2015 to 2020
Industry Average Annual Wages Employment Change, 2015 to 2020 Percent Employment Change, 2015 to 2020
Colleges, Universities and Professional Schools$57,518 2,633 9.7%
Services to Buildings and Dwellings $28,5571,892 27.7%
Elementary and Secondary Schools $41,860 1,396 3.9%
Grocery Stores$30,452 1,250 14.1%
Building Equipment Contractors $48,320 1,163 17.5%

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


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Sources: JobsEQ; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages; U.S. Census Bureau; U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts