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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

West Texas Region

counties and position in Texas

West Texas Region
gross domestic product,
2020

About 4 percent of Texas’ GDP of $1.8 trillion.

West Texas Region Counties:

  • Andrews
  • Borden
  • Coke
  • Concho
  • Crane
  • Crockett
  • Dawson
  • Ector
  • Gaines
  • Glasscock
  • Howard
  • Irion
  • Kimble
  • Loving
  • Martin
  • Mason
  • Mcculloch
  • Menard
  • Midland
  • Pecos
  • Reagan
  • Reeves
  • Schleicher
  • Sterling
  • Sutton
  • Terrell
  • Tom Green
  • Upton
  • Ward
  • Winkler

The 30-county West Texas region covers about 39,800 square miles, stretching from the cities of Mason and Brady in the east to the Rio Grande just south of Dryden and north to the city of Seminole.

The region contains three metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs): The Midland MSA, the Odessa MSA and the San Angelo MSA.

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Population Change

The region’s population rose by 13.2 percent between 2010 and 2020, led by gains in the counties of Andrews (25.9 percent), Midland (24.2 percent), Gaines (23.2 percent), and Ector (20.4 percent).

REGION
13.2%

TEXAS
15.9%

U.S.
7.4%


Jobs & Wages

The region added more than 46,000 jobs between 2010 and 2020, a gain of nearly 18 percent. Oil and gas extraction and related services stand out as unique to the regional economy. A location quotient (LQ) of 1.25 or higher indicates that the region has a competitive advantage in the industry. Construction jobs related to utility systems experienced strong growth in recent years.

Percent change in total jobs, 2010 to 2020

Employment growth in the West Texas Region was 17.8%, compared to Texas at 17.1% and the U.S. at 7.8%.

Top Industries by Location Quotient, 2020

Top West Texas Region Industries by Location Quotient, 2020
Industry Employment Average Annual Wages Location Quotient
Support Activities for Mining 31,080 $86,588 63.36
Oil and Gas Extraction 12,312 $153,270 44.57
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 874 $121,387 34.74
Sheep and Goat Farming 64 $23,544 20.10
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 3,223 $81,487 10.21

Industries with Largest Total Jobs Growth, 2015 to 2020

West 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
Support Activities for Mining $86,588 2,800 9.9%
Utility System Construction $81,539 2,731 80.5%
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $60,003 1,312 12.8%
Grocery Stores $30,853 749 16.3%
Specialized Freight Trucking $66,745 605 14.0%

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

THE West Texas 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