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

Region Report

Download Snapshot (PDF)

Regional Snapshot

Metroplex Region

counties and position in Texas

Metroplex Region
gross domestic product,

About 31 percent of Texas’ GDP of $1.8 trillion.

Metroplex Region Counties:

  • Collin
  • Cooke
  • Dallas
  • Denton
  • Ellis
  • Erath
  • Fannin
  • Grayson
  • Hood
  • Hunt
  • Johnson
  • Kaufman
  • Navarro
  • Palo Pinto
  • Parker
  • Rockwall
  • Somervell
  • Tarrant
  • Wise

The 19-county Metroplex region covers about 15,600 square miles, stretching from Oklahoma south to the Brazos River and from the Cedar Creek Reservoir in the east to Possum Kingdom Lake in the west.

The region includes two metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs): The Sherman-Denison MSA and the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington MSA, which, in turn, comprises two Metropolitan Divisions (MDs): the Fort Worth-Arlington MD and the Dallas-Plano-Irving MD.

Sidebar Skipped

Population Change

Between 2010 and 2020, the region was one of the fastest growing in the nation, adding more than 1.3 million people, a nearly 20 percent increase. Several counties in the region exceeded 30 percent growth during this period — Kaufman (40.6 percent), Rockwall (37.6 percent), Denton (36.8 percent), and Collin (36.1 percent).




Jobs & Wages

Nearly 4 million people were employed in the region in 2020. Industries related to communications and air transportation are among the most concentrated. These industries have a high location quotient or LQ (above 1.25), indicating they’re unique to the regional economy and enjoy a competitive advantage in the region. Jobs in the warehousing and storage industry led regional job growth, increasing by nearly 41,000 jobs, a 184 percent gain between 2015 and 2020.

Percent change in total jobs, 2010 to 2020

Employment growth in the Metroplex Region grew by 22.0%, compared to Texas at 17.1% and the U.S. at 7.8%.

Top Industries by Location Quotient, 2020

Top Metroplex Region Industries by Location Quotient, 2020
Industry Employment Average Annual Wages Location Quotient
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 8,293 $156,312 3.68
Scheduled Air Transportation 36,635 $144,180 3.35
Nondepository Credit Intermediation 47,905 $108,288 3.06
Other Telecommunications 5,959 $111,327 2.73
Oil and Gas Extraction 9,314 $166,583 2.62

Industries with Largest Total Jobs Growth, 2015 to 2020

Metroplex Region Industries with Largest Total Growth, 2015 to 2020
Industry Average Annual Wages Employment Change, 2015 to 2020 Percent Employment Change, 2015 to 2020
Warehousing and Storage $38,596 40,637 183.5%
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $114,492 18,990 27.8%
Management, Scientific and Technical Consulting Services $106,512 15,416 32.1%
Building Equipment Contractors $63,578 10,964 19.1%
Couriers and Express Delivery Services $39,670 10,871 56.6%

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


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