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Susan Combs: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Texas In Focus:

The South Texas region consists of 28 counties, including eight bordering Mexico and eight along the Gulf Coast. The region’s population and economy are expanding rapidly, with above-average job growth fueled in part by a burgeoning health sector and significant improvements in education. The region’s expansion has brought new challenges and opportunities.

South Texas

This report examines the forces driving change in South Texas, and the factors influencing the development of its economy. We hope that this report can help community leaders, state and local officials and the people of South Texas stay on top of important issues facing the region as they work to keep it thriving.


Texas In Focus: South Texas

  • Full Report – PDF (5.75 MB)
  • Información General
  • A Letter From Comptroller Combs
  • HTML | PDF (62 KB)
  • Table of Contents
  • PDF (64 KB)
  • Introduction
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  • Economic Development
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  • Through the year 2012, the South Texas region will create jobs faster than the state as a whole. Education, health services and finance will be particularly bright spots in the burgeoning regional economy.
  • Industry Profile – Fishing
  • Industry Profile – Agriculture
  • Industry Profile – Ports and International Trade
  • Demographics
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  • The South Texas population is predominately Hispanic, relatively young and growing faster than that of the state. Personal income has not caught up with the state average yet, but is rising quickly.
  • Infrastructure
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  • South Texas depends heavily upon two major rivers and its reservoirs for agriculture. Recreation and tourism benefit from several state parks and the region’s long Gulf coastline. The region is also home to six of the state’s top 25 natural gas fields.
  • Health Care
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  • Health care is a vital and growing part of the South Texas economy, with rapid employment growth. The region, however, faces a number of challenges in providing health care to its residents.
  • Education
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  • The South Texas region has a higher share of school districts ranked Academically Acceptable than the state as a whole, and its higher education institutions are increasing enrollment and the number of degrees they award.
  • 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 comptroller.help@cpa.state.tx.us. You can also write to:

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

Publication# 96-1311-1, Printed August 2008

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