Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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The 28-county South Texas region covers about 35,500 square miles, stretching along the Mexican border from Del Rio to Brownsville and up the Gulf Coast past Rockport to Aransas Pass and San Antonio Bay.

The region includes five metro areas: Brownsville-Harlingen, Corpus Christi, Eagle Pass, Laredo and McAllen-Edinburg-Mission.

counties and position in Texas

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South Texas Region Counties:

  • Aransas
  • Bee
  • Brooks
  • Cameron
  • Dimmit
  • Duval
  • Edwards
  • Hidalgo
  • Jim Hogg
  • Jim Wells
  • Kenedy
  • Kinney
  • Kleberg
  • La Salle
  • Live Oak
  • Maverick
  • Mcmullen
  • Nueces
  • Real
  • Refugio
  • San Patricio
  • Starr
  • Uvalde
  • Val Verde
  • Webb
  • Willacy
  • Zapata
  • Zavala

$117.5 Billionn

South Texas region
gross domestic product, 2022

About 4.9 percent of Texas’ GDP of $2.4 trillion.

Population Change (2012 to 2022)




Eight of the region’s 28 counties recorded population growth between 2012 to 2022, contributing to an overall increase in the region. Hidalgo County saw the greatest increase at 10.0 percent. The region had its largest population gains among people ages 65 and older between 2012 and 2022.

Jobs & Wages

About 848,000 people were employed in the region in 2022. Home health care services and residential care facility services are top industries by employment, employment growth and location quotient (LQ). An LQ of 1.25 or higher indicates the region has a competitive advantage in that industry.

Percent change in total jobs, 2012 to 2022

The number of jobs in the South Texas Region increased 10.6%, in Texas 23.5% and in the U.S. 13.9%.

Top Industries by Location Quotient, 2022

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Top South Texas Region Industries by Location Quotient, 2022
Industry Employment Average Annual Wages Location Quotient
Footwear Manufacturing 1,061 $31,979 15.93
Hunting and Trapping 127 $34,923 10.31
Home Health Care Services 70,955 $17,068 7.94
Other Residential Care Facilities 5,942 $55,386 6.24
Support Activities for Mining 9,436 $96,711 6.19

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 19,602 129.4% $19,635
Offices of Physicians 5,191 31.0% $72,734
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 16,167 27.6% $19,447
General Freight Trucking 2,879 27.6% $55,393
Grocery and Convenience Retailers 2,810 17.2% $31,321

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