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Susan Combs: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Texas In Focus:

The 23-county Upper East Texas region stretches from the piney woods bordering Arkansas and Louisiana to the energetic eastern fringe of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Its varied landscape is echoed in the mosaic of industries fueling its growth.

Upper East Texas

The report examines the forces driving change in Upper East Texas, as well as factors affecting the development of its economy. State and local officials, chambers of commerce, economic development groups and others can use this report to stay on top of important issues as they work to keep their local economies thriving.

Texas In Focus: Upper East Texas

  • Full Report – PDF (7.2 MB)
  • A Letter From Comptroller Combs
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  • Table of Contents
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  • Introduction
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  • Economic Development
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  • Agricultural enterprises, food processing, transportation and related manufacturing and services traditionally have anchored the Upper East Texas economy. But fields such as finance and professional and business services are becoming increasingly important.
  • Industry Profile – Food Processing
  • Industry Profile – Wood Products
  • Demographics
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  • The Upper East Texas region’s population is growing, but not as quickly as that of the state as a whole. The region’s median household income is lower than the statewide average, but its low cost of living helps to stretch residents’ dollars farther.
  • Infrastructure
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  • With abundant natural resources and productive rural communities, the Upper East Texas region is positioned to continue its economic growth and development.
  • Health Care
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  • Upper East Texas faces a number of challenges in providing health care to its rural residents, but medical centers in its urban areas help to provide medical care throughout the region.
  • Education
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  • Public schools in the Upper East Texas region are maintaining high levels of academic recognition, and enrollment in area colleges and universities is increasing.
  • 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# 96-1311-2, Printed October 2008

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