Howard County, TX

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Population

36,491

0.187% growth

Median Age

36.7


Median Household Income

$50,855

0.239% decline

Poverty Rate

13.9%


Number of Employees

14,393

0.553% decline

Median Property Value

$85,700

4.77% growth

About

In 2017, Howard County, TX had a population of 36.5k people with a median age of 36.7 and a median household income of $50,855. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Howard County, TX grew from 36,423 to 36,491, a 0.187% increase and its median household income declined from $50,977 to $50,855, a -0.239% decrease.

The population of Howard County, TX is 50% White Alone, 41.2% Hispanic or Latino, and 5.18% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Howard County, TX speak a non-English language, and 91.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Howard County, TX are Howard College (521 degrees awarded in 2016) and Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (26 degrees).

The median property value in Howard County, TX is $85,700, and the homeownership rate is 68.1%. Most people in Howard County, TX commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Howard County, TX is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Howard County, TX employs 14.4k people. The largest industries in Howard County, TX are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,200 people), Retail Trade (1,643 people), and Educational Services (1,426 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($62,155), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($60,582), and Utilities ($54,872).

Median household income in Howard County, TX is $50,855. Males in Howard 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 Howard County, TX (measured using the Gini index) is 0.482, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$50,855

2017 value

± $2,162

-0.239%

1 Year Growth

± 5.78%

Households in Howard County, TX have a median annual income of $50,855, 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 $50,977 in 2016, which represents a -0.239% 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 Texas made 1.41 times more than female 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 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.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Howard 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 9508.01

  2. Census Tract 9509

  3. Census Tract 9502

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Howard County, TX was Census Tract 9508.01 with a value of $66,903, followed by Census Tract 9509 and Census Tract 9502, with respective values of $66,250 and $66,250.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Howard County, 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

13.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Howard County, TX (4.34k out of 31.3k 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 18 - 24, followed by Females < 5 and then Females 45 - 54.

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

    3,312 ± 390

  2. Hispanic

    2,079 ± 302

  3. Black

    569 ± 246

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Howard 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

14.4k

2017 Value

± 825

-0.553%

1 Year decline

± 8.01%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Howard County, TX declined at a rate of -0.553%, from 14.5k employees to 14.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Howard County, TX, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,949 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,357 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,340 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Howard County, TX.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Howard County, TX, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,949 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,357 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,340 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Howard County, TX has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.03 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.89 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.55 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Howard County, TX, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($85,938), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($78,182), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($59,167).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

14.4k

2017 Value

± 825

-0.553%

1 Year decline

± 8.01%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Howard County, TX declined at a rate of -0.553%, from 14.5k employees to 14.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Howard County, TX, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,200 people), Retail Trade (1,643 people), and Educational Services (1,426 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Howard County, TX, though some of these residents may live in Howard 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 Howard County, TX, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,200 people), Retail Trade (1,643 people), and Educational Services (1,426 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Howard County, TX has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (18 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.82 times), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.73 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Howard County, TX, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($62,155), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($60,582), and Utilities ($54,872).

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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

$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

83.7% of the population of Howard County, TX has health coverage, with 46.6% on employee plans, 13.3% on Medicaid, 9.95% on Medicare, 11.9% on non-group plans, and 1.87% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Howard County, TX see 3100 patients per year on average, which represents a 6.96% decrease from the previous year (3332 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3059 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 816 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

3,100 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Howard County, TX see an average of 3,100 patients per year. This represents a 6.96% decrease from the previous year (3,332 patients).

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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

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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

16.3%

Uninsured

46.6%

Employer Coverage

13.3%

Medicaid

9.95%

Medicare

11.9%

Non-Group

1.87%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Howard County, TX declined by 4.59% from 17.1% to 16.3%.

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

Howard County, TX is home to a population of 36.5k people, from which 91.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 10.6% of Howard County, TX residents were born outside of the country (3.88k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Howard County, TX is composed of 18.3k White Alone residents (50%), 15k Hispanic or Latino residents (41.2%), 1.89k Black or African American Alone residents (5.18%), 748 Two or More Races residents (2.05%), 288 Asian Alone residents (0.789%), 247 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.677%), 21 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0575%), and 4 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.011%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Howard County, TX was 36.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Howard County, TX are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Howard County, TX residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

10.6%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.88k people

9.03%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

3.29k people

As of 2017, 10.6% of Howard County, TX residents (3.88k people) 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 Howard County, TX was 9.03%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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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

91.3%

2017 Citizenship

92.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 91.3% of Howard County, TX residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Howard County, TX was 92.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    18.3k ± 33

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    15k ± 686

  3. Black or African American Alone

    1.89k ± 265

In 2017, there were 1.22 times more White Alone residents (18.3k people) in Howard County, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 15k Hispanic or Latino and 1.89k 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 Howard 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 Howard County, TX citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Howard County, TX was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Howard 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. Vietnam

    955 ± 168

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    360 ± 139

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    285 ± 108

Howard County, TX has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.65 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Howard County, TX awarded 547 degrees. The student population of Howard County, TX is skewed towards women, with 793 male students and 1,434 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Howard County, TX are White (247 and 46.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (239 and 45.1%), Black or African American (23 and 4.34%), and Two or More Races (15 and 2.83%).

The largest universities in Howard County, TX by number of degrees awarded are Howard College (521 and 95.2%) and Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (26 and 4.75%).

The most popular majors in Howard County, TX are General Studies (194 and 35.5%), General Business (74 and 13.5%), and General Cosmetology (37 and 6.76%).

The median tuition costs in Howard County, 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. 194 degrees awarded

  2. 31 degrees awarded

  3. 23 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Howard County, TX was General Studies with 194 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 521 degrees awarded

  2. 26 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Howard County, TX institution with the largest number of graduating students was Howard College with 521 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

200

Degrees Awarded to Men

347

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 200 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Howard County, TX, which is 0.576 times less than the 347 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

    247 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    239 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    23 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Howard County, TX were to White students. These 247 degrees mean that there were 1.03 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 239 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Howard County, TX was $85,700 in 2017, which is 0.394 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $81,800 to $85,700, a 4.77% increase. The homeownership rate in Howard County, TX is 68.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Howard County, TX have an average commute time of 18.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Howard 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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$50,855

Median Household Income

± $2,162

11k

Number of Households

± 664

In 2017, the median household income of the 11k households in Howard County, TX declined from $50,855 from the previous year's value of $50,977.

The following chart displays the households in Howard 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$85,700

2017 Median

± $7,191

$81,800

2016 Median

± $5,657

In 2017, the median property value in Howard County, TX grew to to $85,700 from the previous year's value of $81,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Howard 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 Howard County, TX the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

68.1%

2017 Homeownership

66.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 68.1% of the housing units in Howard County, TX were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 66.4%.

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

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Commute Time

18.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Howard County, TX have a shorter commute time (18.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.1% of the workforce in Howard County, TX have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.1%

  2. Carpooled

    15.9%

  3. Walked

    1.35%

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

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