Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Statewide Economic Snapshot

The Texas Comptroller’s office divides the state’s 268,000 square miles into 12 economic regions, each with at least one Census-defined metropolitan statistical area (MSA), urban areas with relatively high populations and close economic integration.

Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Texas map with 12 regions

Texas Statistics and State Rank in the U.S.
Texas Statistics and State Rank in the U.S. Texas State Rank
Square Miles 268,597 2
Population, 2020 Census 29,145,505 2
Population Percent Change, 2010 to 2020 15.9% 3
Population over 25 with at Least a High School Diploma, 2019 83.7% 49
Population over 25 with Bachelor’s Degree or Higher, 2019 29.9% 28
Per Capita Income, 2019 $52,813 26
Median Household Income, 2019 $61,874 22
Population Age 65 or Over, 2019 12.9% 48
Population Under Age 18, 2019 25.5% 2

Population Change



Texas’ population rose by about 16 percent between 2010 and 2020, compared to a 7.4 percent increase nationwide. Population growth was strongest in the Capital region (31.5 percent), followed by the Gulf Coast (19.9 percent), Metroplex (19.5 percent), and Alamo (17.5 percent) regions.

Jobs & Wages

Percent change in total jobs, 2010 to 2020

Texas: 17.1%, U.S.: 7.8%

Texas added more than 1.9 million jobs between 2010 and 2015, an increase of 17.1 percent, more than double the national growth rate. Energy-related industries are highly concentrated in Texas, as measured by location quotient (LQ). An LQ of 1.25 or higher indicates that the industry enjoys a competitive advantage in the region compared to other areas.

Jobs in logistics and delivery industries saw strong growth in recent years, as did services related to computer systems design and technical consulting.

Health care and education-related industries employ the largest numbers of Texans. While the most concentrated industries by LQ are indicative of the state’s history as an energy producer.

Top Industries by Location Quotient, 2020

Top Texas Industries by Location Quotient, 2020
Industry Employment Average Annual Wages Location Quotient
Oil and Gas Extraction 71,923 $205,352 6.03
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 6,059 $124,293 5.58
Support Activities for Mining 111,870 $101,438 5.28
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 11,727 $177,443 4.27
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 34,854 $134,507 2.66

Industries with Largest Total Jobs Growth, 2015 to 2020

Texas Industries with Largest Total Growth, 2015 to 2020
Industry Average Annual Wages Employment Change, 2015 to 2020 Percent Change, 2015 to 2020
Warehousing and Storage $41,592 67,129 120.8%
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $116,443 46,581 27.6%
Management, Scientific and Technical Consulting Services $96,878 38,571 27.2%
Individual and Family Services $29,011 33,030 26.8%
Couriers and Express Delivery Services $39,990 24,828 57.9%

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