Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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The six-county Upper Rio Grande region covers about 21,700 square miles, stretching from the most western part of the state, where the state line meets at the border with Mexico, along the Rio Grande past Big Bend and up again to the New Mexico state line around the area of Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

The region includes one metropolitan statistical area (MSA), the El Paso MSA. The region’s economic center is the city of El Paso.

counties and position in Texas

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Upper Rio Grande Region Counties:

  • Brewster
  • Culberson
  • El Paso
  • Hudspeth
  • Jeff Davis
  • Presidio

$49.3 Billion

Upper Rio Grande region
gross domestic product, 2022

About 2.1 percent of Texas’ GDP of $2.4 trillion.

Population Change (2012 to 2022)




The region’s population grew by nearly 4 percent between 2012 and 2022, with El Paso and Hudspeth counties leading regional growth at 4.4 percent and 2.4 percent respectively.

Jobs & Wages

The region added more than 41,300 jobs from 2012 to 2022, a 14.4 percent increase. Manufacturing-related industries are among the most concentrated. These industries have a location quotient (LQ) of 1.25 or higher, indicating they’re unique to the regional economy. The individual and family services industry led regional job gains between 2012 and 2022.

Percent change in total jobs, 2012 to 2022

The number of jobs in the Upper Rio Grande Region increased 14.4%, in Texas 23.5% and in the U.S. 13.9%.

Top Industries by Location Quotient, 2022

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Top Upper Rio Grande Region Industries by Location Quotient, 2022
Industry Employment Average Annual Wages Location Quotient
Footwear Manufacturing 699 $39,281 27.65
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,018 $33,116 6.39
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 796 $78,775 6.09
Hardware Manufacturing 311 $74,022 5.79
Business Support Services 9,140 $30,065 5.24

Industries with Largest Total Jobs Growth, 2012 to 2022

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Rio Grande Region Industries with Largest Total Growth, 2012 to 2022
Industry Employment Change, 2012 to 2022 Percent Employment Change, 2012 to 2022 Average Annual Wages
Individual and Family Services 4,372 135.1% $24,186
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1,075 127.0% $53,410
Warehousing and Storage 1,275 118.0% $44,539
Outpatient Care Centers 2,205 117.6% $71,305
General Freight Trucking 2,505 46.1% $54,332

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