Bell County, TX

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Population

347,833

2.18% growth

Median Age

31.2


Median Household Income

$52,479

0.39% growth

Poverty Rate

14.3%


Number of Employees

143,874

2.75% growth

Median Property Value

$147,200

4.32% growth

About

In 2017, Bell County, TX had a population of 348k people with a median age of 31.2 and a median household income of $52,479. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Bell County, TX grew from 340,411 to 347,833, a 2.18% increase and its median household income grew from $52,275 to $52,479, a 0.39% increase.

The population of Bell County, TX is 45.5% White Alone, 24.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 21.7% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Bell County, TX speak a non-English language, and 96.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Bell County, TX are University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (956 degrees awarded in 2016), Texas A & M University-Central Texas (771 degrees), and Temple College (761 degrees).

The median property value in Bell County, TX is $147,200, and the homeownership rate is 54.2%. Most people in Bell County, TX commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Bell County, TX is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Bell County Courthouse in Belton, TX

Economy

The economy of Bell County, TX employs 144k people. The largest industries in Bell County, TX are Health Care & Social Assistance (28,056 people), Retail Trade (18,436 people), and Public Administration (14,501 people), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing ($55,678), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($55,662), and Utilities ($52,391).

Median household income in Bell County, TX is $52,479. Males in Bell County, TX have an average income that is 1.4 times higher than the average income of females, which is $47,183. The income inequality in Bell County, TX (measured using the Gini index) is 0.479, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,479

2017 value

± $3,660

0.39%

1 Year Growth

± 8.22%

Households in Bell County, TX have a median annual income of $52,479, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $52,275 in 2016, which represents a 0.39% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$65,834

Average Male Salary

± $720

$47,183

Average Female Salary

± $513

In 2017, full-time male employees in Bell County, TX made 1.4 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Bell County, TX by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $66,972 ± $2,204

  2. White

    $53,020 ± $510

  3. Two or More Races

    $45,863 ± $2,727

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Bell County, TX workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.26 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Bell County, TX by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Bell County, TX is from Texas.

0.479

2017 Wage GINI

0.482

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Texas was 0.479 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.678% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Texas was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Texas in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Texas across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 202.01

  2. Census Tract 219.03

  3. Census Tract 234.03

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Bell County, TX was Census Tract 202.01 with a value of $92,619, followed by Census Tract 219.03 and Census Tract 234.03, with respective values of $85,186 and $83,661.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Bell County, TX colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Bell County, TX (46.7k out of 326k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females < 5.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    25,345 ± 1,241

  2. Hispanic

    15,003 ± 972

  3. Black

    14,457 ± 1,012

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Bell County, TX is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

144k

2017 Value

± 7,316

2.75%

1 Year growth

± 7.06%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Bell County, TX grew at a rate of 2.75%, from 140k employees to 144k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Bell County, TX, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (7,900 people), Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (5,379 people), and Health Technologists & Technicians (4,580 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Bell County, TX.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Bell County, TX, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (7,900 people), Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (5,379 people), and Health Technologists & Technicians (4,580 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Bell County, TX has an unusually high number of residents working as Communications Equipment Operators (5.67 times higher than expected), Secondary School Tea (4.31 times), and First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, & Groundskeeping Workers (3.45 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Bell County, TX, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($61,168), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($60,370), and Management Occupations ($57,294).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

144k

2017 Value

± 7,316

2.75%

1 Year growth

± 7.06%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Bell County, TX grew at a rate of 2.75%, from 140k employees to 144k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Bell County, TX, are Health Care & Social Assistance (28,056 people), Retail Trade (18,436 people), and Public Administration (14,501 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Bell County, TX, though some of these residents may live in Bell County, TX and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Bell County, TX, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (28,056 people), Retail Trade (18,436 people), and Public Administration (14,501 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Bell County, TX has an unusually high number of Public Administration (2.22 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.4 times), and Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.24 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Bell County, TX, by median earnings, are Transportation & Warehousing ($55,678), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($55,662), and Utilities ($52,391).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Texas to other states, or from other states to Texas.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $282B

  2. $216B

  3. $159B

In 2015, the top outbound Texas product (by dollars) was Fuel oils with $282B, followed by Gasoline with $216B and Mixed freight and $159B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Texas products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$1.97T

2015 Value

$2.8T

Projected 2045 Value

42.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Texas trade was $1.97T. This is expected to increase 42.1% to $2.8T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Texas trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Texas to other states, or from other states to Texas.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $85.7B

  2. $53.4B

  3. $34.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Texas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Louisiana with $85.7B, followed by Oklahoma with $53.4B and California and $34.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Texas shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

89.5% of the population of Bell County, TX has health coverage, with 36.7% on employee plans, 12.8% on Medicaid, 5.81% on Medicare, 16.6% on non-group plans, and 17.6% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Bell County, TX was $6,998 in 2014. This is a 5.06% increase from the previous year ($6,661).

Primary care physicians in Bell County, TX see 1250 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.65% increase from the previous year (1206 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1285 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 504 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Cass County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.5%). Additionally, Angelina County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1250 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Bell County, TX see an average of 1250 patients per year. This represents a 3.65% increase from the previous year (1206 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Bell County, TX in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$6,998

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,696

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,273

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,895

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Texas (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.06%, from $6,661 to $6,998.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

10.5%

Uninsured

36.7%

Employer Coverage

12.8%

Medicaid

5.81%

Medicare

16.6%

Non-Group

17.6%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Bell County, TX declined by 7.72% from 11.4% to 10.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Bell County, TX changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14.5% prevalence

  2. 14.4% prevalence

  3. 14.3% prevalence

Cass County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Texas, at 14.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Texas by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Bell County, TX is home to a population of 348k people, from which 96.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.88% of Bell County, TX residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Bell County, TX is composed of 158k White Alone residents (45.5%), 86.3k Hispanic or Latino residents (24.8%), 75.3k Black or African American Alone residents (21.7%), 13.3k Two or More Races residents (3.82%), 10.7k Asian Alone residents (3.07%), 2.44k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.701%), 1.2k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.345%), and 338 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0972%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Bell County, TX are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

30

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Bell County, TX was 31.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 30, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Bell County, TX are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Bell County, TX residents was 31.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.88%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

7.92%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 7.88% of Bell County, TX residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Bell County, TX was 7.92%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    2,536,761 ± 37,310 people

  2. India

    269,624 ± 12,687 people

  3. El Salvador

    222,793 ± 11,543 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Bell County, TX was Mexico, the natal country of 2,536,761 Bell County, TX residents, followed by India with 269,624 and El Salvador with 222,793.

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Citizenship

96.7%

2017 Citizenship

96%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.7% of Bell County, TX residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Bell County, TX was 96%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    158k ± 205

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    86.3k ± 7.25k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    75.3k ± 2.34k

In 2017, there were 1.83 times more White Alone residents (158k people) in Bell County, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 86.3k Hispanic or Latino and 75.3k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Bell County, TX as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Bell County, TX citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.5%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Bell County, TX was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Bell County, TX are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    26,809 ± 2,603

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    10,968 ± 1,787

  3. Vietnam

    8,069 ± 1,067

Bell County, TX has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 2.44 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Bell County, TX awarded 2,569 degrees. The student population of Bell County, TX is skewed towards women, with 4,272 male students and 7,361 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Bell County, TX are White (1,282 and 53.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (468 and 19.7%), Black or African American (445 and 18.7%), and Asian (68 and 2.86%).

The largest universities in Bell County, TX by number of degrees awarded are University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (956 and 37.2%), Texas A & M University-Central Texas (771 and 30%), and Temple College (761 and 29.6%).

The most popular majors in Bell County, TX are General Studies (329 and 12.8%), Registered Nursing (245 and 9.54%), and General Business Administration & Management (209 and 8.14%).

The median tuition costs in Bell County, TX are $22,680 for private four year colleges, and $4,174 and $14,786 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 168 degrees awarded

  2. 99 degrees awarded

  3. 75 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Bell County, TX was Registered Nursing with 168 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Bell County, TX according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 956 degrees awarded

  2. 771 degrees awarded

  3. 761 degrees awarded

$4,174

Median In-State Public

$22,680

Median Private

In 2016, the Bell County, TX institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with 956 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

928

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,641

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 928 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Bell County, TX, which is 0.566 times less than the 1,641 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,282 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    468 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    445 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Bell County, TX were to White students. These 1,282 degrees mean that there were 2.74 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 468 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Bell County, TX was $147,200 in 2017, which is 0.676 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $141,100 to $147,200, a 4.32% increase. The homeownership rate in Bell County, TX is 54.2%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Bell County, TX have an average commute time of 21.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Bell County, TX is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$52,479

Median Household Income

± $3,660

122k

Number of Households

± 6,189

In 2017, the median household income of the 122k households in Bell County, TX grew to $52,479 from the previous year's value of $52,275.

The following chart displays the households in Bell County, TX distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $60k - $75k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$147,200

2017 Median

± $4,537

$141,100

2016 Median

± $6,898

In 2017, the median property value in Bell County, TX grew to to $147,200 from the previous year's value of $141,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Bell County, TX compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Bell County, TX the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Bell County, TX distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Bell County, TX the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

54.2%

2017 Homeownership

53.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 54.2% of the housing units in Bell County, TX were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 53.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Bell County, TX compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Bell County, TX distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Bell County, TX have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

21.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Bell County, TX have a shorter commute time (21.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.21% of the workforce in Bell County, TX have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.3%

  2. Carpooled

    10.9%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.29%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Bell County, TX was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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