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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

South Texas Region

counties and position in Texas

South Texas Region
gross domestic product,
2020

About 5 percent of Texas’ GDP of $1.8 trillion.

South Texas Region Counties:

  • Aransas
  • Bee
  • Brooks
  • Cameron
  • Dimmit
  • Duval
  • Edwards
  • Hidalgo
  • Jim Hogg
  • Jim Wells
  • Kenedy
  • Kinney
  • Kleberg
  • La Salle
  • Live Oak
  • Maverick
  • Mcmullen
  • Nueces
  • Real
  • Refugio
  • San Patricio
  • Starr
  • Uvalde
  • Val Verde
  • Webb
  • Willacy
  • Zapata
  • Zavala

The 28-county South Texas region covers about 37,800 square miles, stretching along the Mexican border from Del Rio to Brownsville and up the Gulf Coast past Rockport to Aransas Pass and San Antonio Bay.

The region includes four metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs): the Brownsville-Harlingen MSA, the Corpus Christi MSA, the Laredo MSA, and the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission MSA. The region is young – nearly 30 percent of the region is under age 18 in 2019, a higher share than all other Texas regions and U.S. states.

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Population Change

Between 2010 and 2020, Hidalgo County led regional population gains at 12.4 percent.

REGION
6.0%

TEXAS
15.9%

U.S.
7.4%


Jobs & Wages

About 880,000 people were employed in the region in 2020. Home health care services is a top industry by employment, employment growth and location quotient (LQ). An LQ of 1.25 or higher indicates the region has a competitive advantage in that industry.

Percent change in total jobs, 2010 to 2020

Employment growth in the South Texas Region grew by 7.2%, compared to Texas at 17.1% and the U.S. at 7.8%.

Top Industries by Location Quotient, 2020

Top South Texas Region Industries by Location Quotient, 2020
Industry Employment Average Annual Wages Location Quotient
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing 559 $70,387 24.80
Footwear Manufacturing 251 $35,197 15.39
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 750 $50,487 13.78
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,402 $81,760 11.79
Support Activities for Mining 4,168 $67,938 11.52

Industries with Largest Total Jobs Growth, 2015 to 2020

South 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
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $53,879 737 7.5%
Services to Buildings and Dwellings $24,513 714 26.6%
Vocational Rehabilitation Services $34,239 536 149.6%
Offices of Physicians $90,678 464 11.9%
Business Support Services $27,706 383 17.1%

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

THE South Texas 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