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Susan Combs: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Texas In Focus:

The Central Texas region is a 20-county area stretching across the state’s heart. Its rural landscapes support an economy grounded in agriculture and mining, the military, manufacturing and a burgeoning health care industry. While the region faces challenges, its economic outlook is favorable.

Central Texas

This report examines the forces driving change in Central Texas, and the factors affecting the development of its economy. We hope that state leaders, local officials and the people of the region will use this report to stay on top of important issues that will determine the future of this vibrant region.

Texas In Focus: Central Texas

  • Full Report – PDF (6.4 MB)
  • A Letter From Comptroller Combs
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  • Introduction
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  • Economic Development
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  • An encouraging outlook is projected for Central Texas through the next five years with regional industries such as professional and business services and agriculture, natural resources and mining leading the way.
  • Industry Profile – Military
  • Industry Profile – Ranching
  • Demographics
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  • Population growth in Central Texas is rising at a steady pace but not as quickly as that of the state as a whole. The Central Texas region’s population is younger than that of the state and the nation. Personal income growth in the region outpaced the statewide rate.
  • Infrastructure
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  • Central Texas is situated amid one of the nation’s most important transportation arteries. The region also has major aquifers and substantial coal, oil and natural gas deposits.
  • Health Care
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  • Health care is an important engine for job growth in the region. Hospitals and health care providers are expanding to meet the needs of the area residents.
  • Education
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  • Public school enrollment is growing in the Central Texas region. The region’s colleges and universities are producing an increasing number of graduates.
  • Industry Profile – Higher Education
  • Conclusion
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To request printed copies of this report:
Call the Comptroller’s Data Services Division at (800) 531-5441, ext. 3-4900, or direct in Austin at (512) 463-4900 or you may e-mail your request to You can also write to:

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Data Services Division
P.O. Box 13528
Austin, Texas 78711-3528

Publication# 96-1311-3, Printed May 2009

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