Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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The 30-county West Texas region covers about 39,700 square miles, stretching from the cities of Mason and Brady in the east to the Rio Grande just south of Dryden and north to the city of Seminole.

The region contains three metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs): The Midland MSA, the Odessa MSA and the San Angelo MSA.

counties and position in Texas

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West Texas Region Counties:

  • Andrews
  • Borden
  • Coke
  • Concho
  • Crane
  • Crockett
  • Dawson
  • Ector
  • Gaines
  • Glasscock
  • Howard
  • Irion
  • Kimble
  • Loving
  • Martin
  • Mason
  • Mcculloch
  • Menard
  • Midland
  • Pecos
  • Reagan
  • Reeves
  • Schleicher
  • Sterling
  • Sutton
  • Terrell
  • Tom Green
  • Upton
  • Ward
  • Winkler

$166.5 Billion

West Texas region
gross domestic product,

About 6.9 percent of Texas’ GDP of $2.4 trillion.

Population Change (2012 to 2022)




The region’s population rose by 7.2 percent between 2012 and 2022, led by gains in the counties of Gaines (21.2 percent), Sterling (19.1 percent), Andrews (13.9 percent) and Midland (16.7 percent).

Jobs & Wages

The region added nearly 40,000 jobs between 2012 and 2022, a gain of 15.2 percent. Oil and gas extraction and support services for mining stand out as unique to the regional economy. A location quotient (LQ) of 1.25 or higher indicates that the region has a competitive advantage in the industry. Commercial and industrial machinery/equipment leasing and consulting services experienced strong growth in the region in recent years.

Percent change in total jobs, 2012 to 2022

The number of jobs in the West Texas Region increased 15.2%, in Texas 23.5% and in the U.S. 13.9%.

Top Industries by Location Quotient, 2022

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Top West Texas Region Industries by Location Quotient, 2022
Industry Employment Average Annual Wages Location Quotient
Support Activities for Mining 38,840 $101,499 72.23
Oil and Gas Extraction 11,102 $195,454 47.98
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 833 $126,782 37.28
Sheep and Goat Farming 59 $24,994 17.72
Other Pipeline Transportation 240 $131,985 14.35

Industries with Largest Total Jobs Growth, 2012 to 2022

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West 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
Support Activities for Mining 10,528 37.2% $101,499
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 5,198 27.4% $23,481
Utility System Construction 2,224 50.8% $86,005
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2,023 11.9% $50,483
Grocery and Convenience Retailers 2,003 57.9% $31,219

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