Big Spring, TX

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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Population
38,097
0.491% 1-year growth
US Senator
John Cornyn
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Cruz
Republican Party
Median Age
36.5

Poverty Rate
16.5%

Median Household Income
$51,961
1.72% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$96,100
8.34% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
15,257
1.29% 1-year growth

About

In 2018, Big Spring, TX had a population of 38.1k people with a median age of 36.5 and a median household income of $51,961. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Big Spring, TX grew from 37,911 to 38,097, a 0.491% increase and its median household income grew from $51,084 to $51,961, a 1.72% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Big Spring, TX are White (Non-Hispanic) (49.4%), White (Hispanic) (32.5%), Other (Hispanic) (7.03%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.32%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.69%). NaNk% of the people in Big Spring, TX speak a non-English language, and 89.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Big Spring, TX are Howard College (561 degrees awarded in 2017) and Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (24 degrees).

The median property value in Big Spring, TX is $96,100, and the homeownership rate is 66.7%. Most people in Big Spring, TX commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19 minutes. The average car ownership in Big Spring, TX is 2 cars per household.

Big Spring, TX borders Lamesa, TX and Midland, TX.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Texas (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Texas across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Texas went to Donald J. Trump with 52.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (43.2%), followed by Gary Johnson (3.16%). The most partisan county was Roberts County, TX with 94.6% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are the senators currently representing the state of Texas. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Texas is currently represented by 36 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Texas
52.2% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Texas
  1. 94.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 93.7% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 92% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Texas was Roberts County, TX with 94.6% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Texas colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Texas

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John Cornyn
Senator from Texas2
Assumed office on December 2, 2002
Ted Cruz
Senator from Texas1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are the senators currently representing Texas.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Texas over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Texas

Texas is currently represented by 36 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Texas have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Big Spring, TX is home to a population of 38.1k people, from which 89.8% are citizens. As of 2018, 12.6% of Big Spring, TX residents were born outside of the country (4.79k people).

In 2018, there were 1.52 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (18.8k people) in Big Spring, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 12.4k White (Hispanic) and 2.68k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Big Spring, TX
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    18.8k ± 180
  2. White (Hispanic)
    12.4k ± 643
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    2.68k ± 528
42.1%
Hispanic Population
16k people

In 2018, there were 1.52 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (18.8k people) in Big Spring, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 12.4k White (Hispanic) and 2.68k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

42.1% of the people in Big Spring, TX are hispanic (16k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Big Spring, TX as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

12.6%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
4.79k people
11%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
4.17k people

As of 2018, 12.6% of Big Spring, TX residents (4.79k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Big Spring, TX was 11%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

35
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.5
40
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.2

In 2018, the median age of all people in Big Spring, TX was 36.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Big Spring, TX are getting getting younger. In 2017, the average age of all Big Spring, TX residents was 37.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    2,547,886 ± 37,324 people
  2. India
    231,271 ± 11,757 people
  3. El Salvador
    200,904 ± 10,964 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Texas was Mexico, the natal country of 2,547,886 Texas residents, followed by India with 231,271 and El Salvador with 200,904.

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Citizenship

89.8%
2018 Citizenship
91%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 89.8% of Big Spring, TX residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Big Spring, TX was 91%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    937 ± 173
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    343 ± 126
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    304 ± 103

Big Spring, TX has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.73 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Big Spring, TX is $51,961. In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Big Spring, TX was Rockwall County, TX with a value of $100,595, followed by Collin County, TX and Fort Bend County, TX, with respective values of $96,051 and $91,931.

Males in Texas have an average income that is 1.41 times higher than the average income of females, which is $45,959. The income inequality in Texas (measured using the Gini index) is 0.482, which is higher than than the national average.

The economy of Big Spring, TX employs 15.3k people. The largest industries in Big Spring, TX are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,319 people), Retail Trade (1,666 people), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1,506 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($64,340), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($56,321), and Transportation & Warehousing ($54,185).

Wages

Median Household Income

$51,961
2018 value
± $2,499
1.72%
1 Year Growth
± 6.27%

Households in Big Spring, TX have a median annual income of $51,961, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $51,084 in 2017, which represents a 1.72% annual growth.

The following chart shows how the median household income in Big Spring, TX compares to that of its neighboring and parent geographies.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$64,953
Average Male Salary in Texas
± $716
$45,959
Average Female Salary in Texas
± $514

In 2017, full-time male employees in Texas made 1.41 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Texas 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 in Texas
  1. Asian
    $64,947 ± $2,196
  2. White
    $52,072 ± $505
  3. American Indian
    $45,538 ± $7,571

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Texas workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.25 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Texas.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Big Spring, TX is from Texas.
0.482
2017 Wage GINI in Texas
0.482
2016 Wage GINI in Texas

In 2017, the income inequality in Texas was 0.482 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.139% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Texas was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less 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)

In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Big Spring, TX was Rockwall County, TX with a value of $100,595, followed by Collin County, TX and Fort Bend County, TX, with respective values of $96,051 and $91,931.

The following map shows all of the counties in Big Spring, TX colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Big Spring, TX (5.44k out of 33k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 55 - 64 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
    3,931 ± 448
  2. Hispanic
    2,913 ± 388
  3. Black
    706 ± 280

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Big Spring, 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

15.3k
2018 Value
± 848
1.29%
1 Year growth
± 7.74%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Big Spring, TX grew at a rate of 1.29%, from 15.1k employees to 15.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Big Spring, TX, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,933 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,489 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,350 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Big Spring, TX.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Big Spring, TX, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,933 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,489 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,350 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Big Spring, TX has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.19 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.76 times), and Transportation Occupations (1.31 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Big Spring, TX, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($90,536), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($81,250), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($74,779).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

15.3k
2018 Value
± 848
1.29%
1 Year growth
± 7.74%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Big Spring, TX grew at a rate of 1.29%, from 15.1k employees to 15.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Big Spring, TX, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,319 people), Retail Trade (1,666 people), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1,506 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Big Spring, TX, though some of these residents may live in Big Spring, 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 Big Spring, TX, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,319 people), Retail Trade (1,666 people), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1,506 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Big Spring, TX has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (18.9 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.88 times), and Utilities (2.51 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Big Spring, TX, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($64,340), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($56,321), and Transportation & Warehousing ($54,185).

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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 ($216B) and Mixed freight ($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 in Texas
$2.8T
Projected 2045 Value in Texas
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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Education

In 2017, universities in Big Spring, TX awarded 585 degrees. The student population of Big Spring, TX is skewed towards women, with 1,700 male students and 2,656 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Big Spring, TX are Hispanic or Latino (266 and 46.4%), followed by White (263 and 45.9%), Black or African American (29 and 5.06%), and Two or More Races (11 and 1.92%).

The largest universities in Big Spring, TX by number of degrees awarded are Howard College (561 and 95.9%) and Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (24 and 4.1%).

The most popular majors in Big Spring, TX are General Studies (233 and 39.8%), General Business (40 and 6.84%), and General Cosmetology (36 and 6.15%).

The median tuition costs in Big Spring, TX are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 233 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 32 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 26 degree-majorss awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Big Spring, TX was General Studies with 233 degree-majorss awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Big Spring, TX according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 561 degrees awarded
  2. 24 degrees awarded
$N/A
Median In-State Public
$N/A
Median Private

In 2017, the Big Spring, TX institution with the largest number of graduating students was Howard College with 561 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

205
Degrees Awarded to Men
380
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 205 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Big Spring, TX, which is 0.539 times less than the 380 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Big Spring, TX by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    266 degrees awarded
  2. White
    263 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    29 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Big Spring, TX were to Hispanic or Latino students. These 266 degrees mean that there were 1.01 times more Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 263 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Big Spring, TX was $96,100 in 2018, which is 0.418 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $88,700 to $96,100, a 8.34% increase. The homeownership rate in Big Spring, TX is 66.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Big Spring, TX have an average commute time of 19 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Big Spring, TX is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$96,100
2018 Median
± $7,596
$88,700
2017 Median
± $6,823

In 2018, the median property value in Big Spring, TX grew to to $96,100 from the previous year's value of $88,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Big Spring, 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 Big Spring, TX the largest share of households have a property value in the N/A range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$51,961
Median Household Income
± $2,499
11.5k
Number of Households
± 693

In 2018, the median household income of the 11.5k households in Big Spring, TX grew to $51,961 from the previous year's value of $51,084.

The following chart displays the households in Big Spring, 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Big Spring, TX distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Big Spring, TX the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

66.7%
2018 Homeownership
68.2%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 66.7% of the housing units in Big Spring, TX were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 68.2%.

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

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Commute Time

19 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Big Spring, TX have a shorter commute time (19 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 2.97% of the workforce in Big Spring, TX have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel
  1. Drove Alone
    79.9%
  2. Carpooled
    14.1%
  3. Walked
    2.05%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Big Spring, TX was Drove Alone (79.9%), followed by those who Carpooled (14.1%) and those who Walked (2.05%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Big Spring, TX distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Big Spring, TX have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Health

82.5% of the population of Big Spring, TX has health coverage, with 43.9% on employee plans, 13.6% on Medicaid, 10% on Medicare, 12.8% on non-group plans, and 2.19% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Texas see 1670 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.12% decrease from the previous year (1672 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1790 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1012 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

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1,670 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Texas

Primary care physicians in Texas see an average of 1,670 patients per year. This represents a 0.12% decrease from the previous year (1,672 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Texas in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

Data is only available at the state level. Showing data for Texas.
$6,998
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Texas
$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

17.5%
Uninsured
43.9%
Employer Coverage
13.6%
Medicaid
10%
Medicare
12.8%
Non-Group
2.19%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Big Spring, TX grew by 6.58% from 16.5% to 17.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Big Spring, 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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