Brewster County, TX

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Population

9,220

0.348% growth

Median Age

43.1


Median Household Income

$38,906

1.21% growth

Poverty Rate

10.9%


Number of Employees

4,151

4.05% decline

Median Property Value

$113,400

3.49% decline

About

In 2017, Brewster County, TX had a population of 9.22k people with a median age of 43.1 and a median household income of $38,906. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Brewster County, TX grew from 9,188 to 9,220, a 0.348% increase and its median household income grew from $38,440 to $38,906, a 1.21% increase.

The population of Brewster County, TX is 51.7% White Alone, 44.2% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.66% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone. 38.4% of the people in Brewster County, TX speak a non-English language, and 96.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Brewster County, TX are Sul Ross State University (622 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Brewster County, TX is $113,400, and the homeownership rate is 54.8%. Most people in Brewster County, TX commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 13.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Brewster County, TX is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Brewster County, TX employs 4.15k people. The largest industries in Brewster County, TX are Educational Services (884 people), Public Administration (497 people), and Retail Trade (444 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($69,943), Information ($53,516), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($50,385).

Median household income in Brewster County, TX is $38,906. Males in Brewster County, TX have an average income that is 1.41 times higher than the average income of females, which is $45,959. The income inequality in Brewster County, TX (measured using the Gini index) is 0.482, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$38,906

2017 value

± $3,618

1.21%

1 Year Growth

± 14.7%

Households in Brewster County, TX have a median annual income of $38,906, 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 $38,440 in 2016, which represents a 1.21% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$64,953

Average Male Salary

± $716

$45,959

Average Female Salary

± $514

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

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Brewster 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

    $64,947 ± $2,196

  2. White

    $52,072 ± $505

  3. American Indian

    $45,538 ± $7,571

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

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Wage Distribution

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

0.482

2017 Wage GINI

0.482

2016 Wage GINI

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 2017 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)

  1. Census Tract 9503

  2. Census Tract 9505

  3. Census Tract 9504

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Brewster County, TX was Census Tract 9503 with a value of $42,196, followed by Census Tract 9505 and Census Tract 9504, with respective values of $38,790 and $29,632.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 45 - 54

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Brewster County, TX (981 out of 9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 45 - 54, followed by Males 55 - 64 and then Females 25 - 34.

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

    824 ± 175

  2. Hispanic

    458 ± 128

  3. Two Or More

    93 ± 111

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Brewster County, TX is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

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

4.15k

2017 Value

± 430

-4.05%

1 Year decline

± 14.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Brewster County, TX declined at a rate of -4.05%, from 4.33k employees to 4.15k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Brewster County, TX, are Management Occupations (501 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (415 people), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (353 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Brewster County, TX.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Brewster County, TX, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (501 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (415 people), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (353 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Brewster County, TX has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (8.8 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (4.17 times), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (2.31 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Brewster County, TX, by median earnings, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($97,578), Protective Service Occupations ($84,676), and Legal Occupations ($63,555).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

4.15k

2017 Value

± 430

-4.05%

1 Year decline

± 14.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Brewster County, TX declined at a rate of -4.05%, from 4.33k employees to 4.15k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Brewster County, TX, are Educational Services (884 people), Public Administration (497 people), and Retail Trade (444 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Brewster County, TX, though some of these residents may live in Brewster 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 Brewster County, TX, by number of employees, are Educational Services (884 people), Public Administration (497 people), and Retail Trade (444 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Brewster County, TX has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.67 times higher than expected), Public Administration (2.56 times), and Educational Services (2.3 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Brewster County, TX, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($69,943), Information ($53,516), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($50,385).

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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

80.7% of the population of Brewster County, TX has health coverage, with 40.6% on employee plans, 11.1% on Medicaid, 13.2% on Medicare, 14% on non-group plans, and 1.72% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Brewster County, TX see 1829 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.327% decrease from the previous year (1835 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3067 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 767 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

1829 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Brewster County, TX see an average of 1829 patients per year. This represents a 0.327% decrease from the previous year (1835 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Brewster 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

19.3%

Uninsured

40.6%

Employer Coverage

11.1%

Medicaid

13.2%

Medicare

14%

Non-Group

1.72%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Brewster County, TX grew by 6.29% from 18.2% to 19.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Brewster 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

Brewster County, TX is home to a population of 9.22k people, from which 96.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 6.37% of Brewster County, TX residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Brewster County, TX is composed of 4.77k White Alone residents (51.7%), 4.08k Hispanic or Latino residents (44.2%), 153 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (1.66%), 99 Asian Alone residents (1.07%), 96 Two or More Races residents (1.04%), 13 Black or African American Alone residents (0.141%), 12 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.13%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Brewster County, TX are Spanish or Spanish Creole (3,206 speakers), Other Native North American Languages (53 speakers), and French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (41 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.4

49

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 4.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Brewster County, TX was 43.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 49. But people in Brewster County, TX are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Brewster County, TX residents was 43.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

6.37%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

5.83%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 6.37% of Brewster 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 Brewster County, TX was 5.83%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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 Brewster County, TX was Mexico, the natal country of 2,547,886 Brewster County, TX residents, followed by India with 231,271 and El Salvador with 200,904.

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Citizenship

96.4%

2017 Citizenship

97.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.4% of Brewster County, TX residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Brewster County, TX was 97.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    4.77k ± 21

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    4.08k ± 204

  3. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    153 ± 63

In 2017, there were 1.17 times more White Alone residents (4.77k people) in Brewster County, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.08k Hispanic or Latino and 153 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    3,206 speakers (36.9%)

  2. Other Native North American Languages

    53 speakers (0.61%)

  3. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    41 speakers (0.472%)

38.4% of Brewster County, TX citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Brewster County, TX was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 36.9% of the overall population of Brewster County, TX are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.61% speak Other Native North American Languages and 0.472% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    382 ± 104

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    155 ± 119

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    116 ± 73

Brewster County, TX has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.46 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Brewster County, TX awarded 622 degrees. The student population of Brewster County, TX is skewed towards women, with 1,196 male students and 1,748 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Brewster County, TX are Hispanic or Latino (415 and 66.7%), followed by White (171 and 27.5%), Black or African American (14 and 2.25%), and Two or More Races (10 and 1.61%).

The largest universities in Brewster County, TX by number of degrees awarded are Sul Ross State University (622 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Brewster County, TX are Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (70 and 11.3%), Other Multidisciplinary Studies (68 and 10.9%), and General Business Administration & Management (56 and 9%).

The median tuition costs in Brewster County, TX are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $4,560 and $14,352 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 68 degrees awarded

  2. 52 degrees awarded

  3. 35 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Brewster County, TX was Other Multidisciplinary Studies with 68 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

622 degrees awarded

$4,560

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Brewster County, TX institution with the largest number of graduating students was Sul Ross State University with 622 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

242

Degrees Awarded to Men

380

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 242 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Brewster County, TX, which is 0.637 times less than the 380 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    415 degrees awarded

  2. White

    171 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    14 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Brewster County, TX were to Hispanic or Latino students. These 415 degrees mean that there were 2.43 times more Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 171 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Brewster County, TX was $113,400 in 2017, which is 0.521 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $117,500 to $113,400, a 3.49% decrease. The homeownership rate in Brewster County, TX is 54.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Brewster County, TX have an average commute time of 13.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Brewster 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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$38,906

Median Household Income

± $3,618

3.93k

Number of Households

± 415

In 2017, the median household income of the 3.93k households in Brewster County, TX grew to $38,906 from the previous year's value of $38,440.

The following chart displays the households in Brewster 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 $15k - $20k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$113,400

2017 Median

± $22,556

$117,500

2016 Median

± $15,360

In 2017, the median property value in Brewster County, TX declined from to $113,400 from the previous year's value of $117,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Brewster 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 Brewster County, TX the largest share of households have a property value in the $80k - $90k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

54.8%

2017 Homeownership

57.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 54.8% of the housing units in Brewster County, TX were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 57.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Brewster 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 Brewster County, TX distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Brewster County, TX have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

13.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Brewster County, TX have a shorter commute time (13.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.28% of the workforce in Brewster County, TX have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    71.3%

  2. Carpooled

    19.3%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.77%

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

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