Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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The 19-county Metroplex region covers about 15,000 square miles, stretching from Oklahoma south to the Brazos River and from the Cedar Creek Reservoir in the east to Possum Kingdom Lake in the west.

The region includes two metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs): The Sherman-Denison MSA and the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington MSA, which, in turn, comprises two Metropolitan Divisions (MDs)—the Fort Worth-Arlington MD and the Dallas-Plano-Irving MD.

counties and position in Texas

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Metroplex Region Counties:

  • Collin
  • Cooke
  • Dallas
  • Denton
  • Ellis
  • Erath
  • Fannin
  • Grayson
  • Hood
  • Hunt
  • Johnson
  • Kaufman
  • Navarro
  • Palo Pinto
  • Parker
  • Rockwall
  • Somervell
  • Tarrant
  • Wise

$709.0 Billion

Metroplex region
gross domestic product,

About 29.5 percent of Texas’ GDP of $2.4 trillion.

Population Change (2012 to 2022)




Between 2012 and 2022, the region was one of the fastest growing in the nation, adding more than 1.3 million people, a nearly 20 percent increase. Several counties in the region exceeded 30 percent growth during this period — Kaufman (61.7%), Rockwall (48.9%), Collin (38.8%), and Denton (38.2%).

Jobs & Wages

Nearly 4 million people were employed in the region in 2022. Industries related to communications and air transportation are among the most concentrated. These industries have a high location quotient or LQ (above 1.25), indicating they’re unique to the regional economy and enjoy a competitive advantage in the region. Jobs in the warehousing and storage industry led regional job growth, increasing by nearly 65,000 jobs, a more than 353 percent gain between 2012 and 2022.

Percent change in total jobs, 2012 to 2022

The number of jobs in the Metroplex Region increased 29.4%, in Texas 23.5% and in the U.S. 13.9%.

Top Industries by Location Quotient, 2022

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Top Metroplex Region Industries by Location Quotient, 2022
Industry Employment Average Annual Wages Location Quotient
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 7,934 $154,774 3.44
Scheduled Air Transportation 39,886 $153,888 3.27
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 993 $46,190 3.11
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 932 $41,474 2.71
Land Subdivision 2,559 $204,916 2.57

Industries with Largest Total Jobs Growth, 2012 to 2022

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Metroplex 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 64,776 353.7% $45,216
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 58,237 113.8% $126,421
Management of Companies and Enterprises 33,853 92.5% $143,872
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 32,440 86.6% $121,255
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 21,943 79.3% $94,127

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