Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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The 13-county Gulf Coast region covers about 12,100 square miles in eastern coastal Texas, stretching from Huntsville in the North to Matagorda Bay and Galveston.

The region has one metropolitan statistical area (MSA), the Houston-Pasadena-The Woodlands MSA.

counties and position in Texas

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Gulf Coast Region Counties:

  • Austin
  • Brazoria
  • Chambers
  • Colorado
  • Fort Bend
  • Galveston
  • Harris
  • Liberty
  • Matagorda
  • Montgomery
  • Walker
  • Waller
  • Wharton

$642.1 Billion

Gulf Coast region
gross domestic product,

About 26.7 percent of Texas’ GDP of $2.4 trillion.

Population Change (2012 to 2022)




The region’s population has grown at a rapid pace between 2012 to 2022, with Chambers, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties each having population increases of over 40 percent.

Jobs & Wages

Over 3.1 million people are employed in the region. Regional employment rose by 17.3 percent between 2012 and 2022, above the national growth rate. Oil and gas extraction and pipeline transportation of oil and natural gas are some of the region’s most concentrated industries as measured by location quotient (LQ). An LQ of 1.25 or higher indicates the region has a competitive advantage in the industry. Warehousing and storage and family services led regional industry job growth.

Percent change in total jobs, 2012 to 2022

The number of jobs in the Gulf Coast Region increased 17.3%, in Texas 23.5% and in the U.S. 13.9%.

Top Industries by Location Quotient, 2022

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Top Gulf Coast Region Industries by Location Quotient, 2022
Industry Employment Average Annual Wages Location Quotient
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 3,506 $142,227 15.01
Oil and Gas Extraction 28,815 $264,688 11.91
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 8,047 $221,721 11.60
Space Research and Technology 2,958 $144,903 7.70
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 23,121 $167,225 7.11

Industries with Largest Total Jobs Growth, 2012 to 2022

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Gulf Coast Region Industries with Largest Total Growth, 2012 to 2022
Industry Employment Change, 2012 to 2022 Percent Employment Change, 2012 to 2022 Average Annual Wages
Warehousing and Storage 27,157 295.2% $49,466
Individual and Family Services 15,027 112.3% $34,422
Management of Companies and Enterprises 20,176 88.9% $213,710
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 17,071 59.5% $126,662
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 68,336 35.7% $24,245

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