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Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Regional Snapshot

Central TexasRegion


As the state’s chief financial officer, I am charged with monitoring the economic health of our state and its regions. The state of Texas has 12 economic regions including the Central Texas Region.

The 20-county Central Texas Region covers about 17,400 square miles in the heart of Texas, stretching from Hillsboro on the north to Interstate 45 on the east to East Yegua Creek on the south to the conjunction of the San Saba and Colorado rivers. Below we examine demographic and economic statistics that influence the region’s economy.

Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Central Region Counties:

  • Bell
  • Bosque
  • Brazos
  • Burleson
  • Coryell
  • Falls
  • Freestone
  • Grimes
  • Hamilton
  • Hill
  • Lampasas
  • Leon
  • Limestone
  • Madison
  • Mclennan
  • Milam
  • Mills
  • Robertson
  • San Saba
  • Washington

Concentrated Industries:

  • Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (Except Copyrighted Works)
  • Animal Production and Aquaculture
  • Support Activities for Mining
  • Mining (Except Oil and Gas)
  • Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
  • Pipeline Transportation
  • Justice, Public Order, and Safety Activities
  • Educational Services
  • Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
  • Paper Manufacturing

Source: JobsEQ®


Population Growth Central REGION VS.
TEXAS AND U.S., 2010-2017

Region
7.9%

U.S.
5.5%

Texas
12.6%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

The Central Texas Region’s estimated total population in 2017 was 1.2 million, or about 4.6 percent of the state’s total population. This is an increase of about 8 percent (more than 88,000 people) since the 2010 census.


Economy
Regional Receipts Subject To Sales Tax, 2007-2017

Sales receipts subject to state sales tax directly attributable to the Central Texas Region demonstrated a slow and steady increase following the 2009 recession.

Revenue Subject to Sales Tax, 2007 to 2017
Year Central Texas Region
2007 $8,434,453,199
2008 $8,854,932,724
2009 $8,299,606,602
2010 $8,470,853,653
2011 $8,649,940,393
2012 $9,329,117,482
2013 $9,768,284,216
2014 $10,496,600,193
2015 $10,747,187,652
2016 $11,068,430,975
2017 $11,777,704,697

Source: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

JOBS & WAGE CHANGES, 2007-2017

In 2017, the Central Texas Region accounted for 3.6 percent of the state’s total employment.

Comparing Central Region vs. Texas and U.S. jobs and wages, 2007-2017
AreaChange in Wages*Change in Jobs**
Central Region10.0%13.2%
Texas 5.6% 17.4%
U.S. 5.4% 6.3%

*Real rate of change
**Figures include private and public sector employees with the exception of active-duty military personnel, railroad employees, religious institution employees and the self-employed.

Sources: JobsEQ® and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics




Conclusion

The Central Texas Region is unique in that it has three distinct economic centers: the Waco, Killeen-Temple and College Station-Bryan metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs).

The region has had reasonable population growth across the board since 2010, and its median age is significantly younger than Texas as a whole. The region’s employment growth rate is slightly below the state’s, but its wage growth is almost double that of the state (Killeen-Temple MSA leads the way regionally).

The U.S. Army at fort Hood has had a meaningful impact on the Central Texas Region’s local economies. Additionally, 2017 receipts subject to state sales tax indicate an acceleration in the region’s slow and steady rise after the 2009 recession. The eight distinct industry subsectors represented in the region’s most highly concentrated industries list attest to the region’s diverse economy.


The Central Region is one of the Comptroller’s 12 economic regions. View a complete list of these regions, plus more in-depth county-by-county data.


Questions?

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