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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

Region Report

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Regional Snapshot

High Plains Region

counties and position in Texas

High Plains Region
gross domestic product,
2020

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

High Plains Region Counties:

  • Armstrong
  • Bailey
  • Briscoe
  • Carson
  • Castro
  • Childress
  • Cochran
  • Colling­sworth
  • Crosby
  • Dallam
  • Deaf Smith
  • Dickens
  • Donley
  • Floyd
  • Garza
  • Gray
  • Hale
  • Hall
  • Hansford
  • Hartley
  • Hemphill
  • Hockley
  • Hutchinson
  • King
  • Lamb
  • Lipscomb
  • Lubbock
  • Lynn
  • Moore
  • Motley
  • Ochiltree
  • Oldham
  • Parmer
  • Potter
  • Randall
  • Roberts
  • Sherman
  • Swisher
  • Terry
  • Wheeler
  • Yoakum

The 41-county High Plains region covers about 39,500 square miles in the Texas Panhandle, stretching from the Oklahoma state line in the east and north and the New Mexico state line in the west to the Lubbock metro area in the south.

The region includes two metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs): the Amarillo MSA, comprising Armstrong, Carson, Oldham, Potter and Randall counties, and the Lubbock MSA, comprising Crosby, Lubbock and Lynn counties.

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Population Change

Between 2010 and 2020, Randall County led regional gains at 16.6 percent, followed by Lubbock County at 11.4 percent.

REGION
3.2%

TEXAS
15.9%

U.S.
7.4%


Jobs & Wages

About 396,000 people were employed in the region in 2020. Cattle ranching and farming, oil and gas extraction and support activities for mining are some of the region’s most specialized industries, as measured by location quotient (LQ). An LQ of 1.25 or higher indicates the industries have a competitive advantage in the region. Cattle ranching, animal processing and construction led regional industry job gains between 2015 and 2020.

PERCENT CHANGE IN TOTAL JOBS, 2010 TO 2020

Employment growth in the High Plains region grew by 3.6%, compared to Texas at 17.1% and the U.S. at 7.8%.

Top Industries by Location Quotient, 2020

Top High Plains Region Industries by Location Quotient, 2020
Industry Employment Average Annual Wages Location
Quotient
Cattle Ranching and Farming 9,387 $45,352 22.11
Leather and Hide Tanning and Finishing 172 $38,964 14.93
Other Crop Farming 2,448 $34,725 13.86
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,214 $130,347 8.97
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 11,660 $47,029 8.32

Industries with Largest Total Jobs Growth, 2015 to 2020

High Plains Region Industries with Largest Total Growth, 2015 to 2020
Industry Employment Average Annual Wages Location Quotient Employment Change, 2015 to 2020 Percent Employment Change, 2015 to 2020
Cattle Ranching and Farming 9,387 $45,352 22.11 1,798 23.7%
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 11,660 $47,029 8.32 1,547 15.3%
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 30,270 $17,583 1.28 1,185 4.1%
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 18,635 $55,300 1.19 974 5.5%
Utility System Construction 3,237 $70,564 2.25 685 26.8%

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

THE High Plains REGION IS ONE OF THE COMPTROLLER’S 12 ECONOMIC REGIONS.

Read all the 2022 Regional Reports.

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