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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

Upper Rio Grande Region

counties and position in Texas

Upper Rio Grande Region
gross domestic product,
2020

About 2 percent of Texas’ GDP of $1.8 trillion.

Upper Rio Grande Region Counties:

  • Brewster
  • Culberson
  • El Paso
  • Hudspeth
  • Jeff Davis
  • Presidio

The six-county Upper Rio Grande region covers about 21,700 square miles. It stretches from the most western part of the state, where the state line meets at the border with Mexico, along the Rio Grande past Big Bend and up again to the New Mexico state line around the area of Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

The region includes one metropolitan statistical area (MSA), the El Paso MSA. The region’s economic center is the city of El Paso.

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Population Change

The region’s population grew by nearly 8 percent between 2010 and 2020, on par with the national average growth.

REGION
7.6%

TEXAS
15.9%

U.S.
7.4%


Jobs & Wages

The region added more than 26,600 jobs from 2010 to 2020, an 8.6 percent increase. Manufacturing-related industries are among the most concentrated. These industries have a location quotient (LQ) of 1.25 or higher, indicating they’re unique to the regional economy. The business support services industry led regional job gains between 2015 and 2020.

Percent change in total jobs, 2010 to 2020

Employment growth in the Upper Rio Grande Region was 8.6%, compared to Texas at 17.1% and the U.S. at 7.8%.

Top Industries by Location Quotient, 2020

Top Upper Rio Grande Region Industries by Location Quotient, 2020
Industry Employment Average Annual Wages Location Quotient
Footwear Manufacturing 530 $31,876 21.83
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,268 $31,137 6.57
Hardware Manufacturing 324 $74,431 6.11
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 719 $73,105 5.53
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 216 $38,666 4.91

Industries with Largest Total Jobs Growth, 2015 to 2020

Upper Rio Grande Region Industries with Largest Total Growth, 2015 to 2020
Industry Average Annual Wages Employment Change, 2015 to 2020 Percent Employment Change, 2015 to 2020
Business Support Services $29,758 2,358 32.0%
Outpatient Care Centers $64,559 1,616 57.8%
Individual and Family Services $23,549 1,454 26.5%
Colleges, Universities and Professional Schools $60,077 1,038 20.3%
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $60,465 1,037 8.9%

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

THE Upper Rio Grande REGION IS ONE OF THE COMPTROLLER’S 12 ECONOMIC REGIONS.

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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