Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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The 20-county Central Texas region covers about 17,100 square miles in the heart of Texas, stretching from Hillsboro in the north to Interstate 45 in the east, to East Yegua Creek in the south to the confluence of the San Saba and Colorado rivers.

The region includes three metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs): the College Station-Bryan MSA, the Waco MSA and the Killeen-Temple MSA.

counties and position in Texas

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Central Texas Region Counties:

  • Bell
  • Bosque
  • Brazos
  • Burleson
  • Coryell
  • Falls
  • Freestone
  • Grimes
  • Hamilton
  • Hill
  • Lampasas
  • Leon
  • Limestone
  • Madison
  • McLennan
  • Milam
  • Mills
  • Robertson
  • San Saba
  • Washington

$71.5 Billion

Central Texas region
gross domestic product,

About 3 percent of Texas’ GDP of $2.4 trillion.

Population Change (2012 to 2022)




Brazos County and Bell County led the region’s growth, rising by 20.8 percent and 19.5 percent, respectively, between 2012 and 2022.

Jobs & Wages

Around 468,000 people were employed in the region in 2022, an increase of more than 70,000 jobs from 2012. Higher education is a top industry by employment, growth and location quotient (LQ). An LQ of 1.25 or higher indicates the industry is highly concentrated and unique to the regional economy.

Percent change in total jobs, 2012 to 2022

The number of jobs in the Central Texas Region increased 17.6%, in Texas 23.5% and in the U.S. 13.9%.

Top Industries by Location Quotient, 2022

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Top Central Texas Region Industries by Location Quotient, 2022
Industry Employment Average Annual Wages Location Quotient
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 471 $170,399 6.59
Poultry and Egg Production 830 $70,239 5.93
Coal Mining 504 $99,668 3.86
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing 189 $52,529 3.80
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 423 $75,522 3.78

Industries with Largest Total Jobs Growth, 2012 to 2022

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Central Texas Region Industries with Largest Total Growth, 2012 to 2022
Industry Employment Change, 2012 to 2022 Percent Employment Change, 2012 to 2022 Average Annual Wages
Special Food Services 3,506 258.3% $27,749
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 2,450 55.2% $33,659
Individual and Family Services 1,633 52.0% $33,581
Building Equipment Contractors 2,481 47.3% $55,518
Offices of Physicians 2,867 42.0% $142,372

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