Matagorda County, TX

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Population

36,744

0.0681% growth

Median Age

37.2


Median Household Income

$44,896

8.83% growth

Poverty Rate

20.6%


Number of Employees

16,009

0.879% decline

Median Property Value

$102,200

3.55% growth

About

In 2017, Matagorda County, TX had a population of 36.7k people with a median age of 37.2 and a median household income of $44,896. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Matagorda County, TX grew from 36,719 to 36,744, a 0.0681% increase and its median household income grew from $41,253 to $44,896, a 8.83% increase.

The population of Matagorda County, TX is 44.9% White Alone, 41.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 10.2% Black or African American Alone. 28.6% of the people in Matagorda County, TX speak a non-English language, and 93.5% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Matagorda County, TX is $102,200, and the homeownership rate is 67.8%. Most people in Matagorda County, TX commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Matagorda County, TX is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Matagorda County, TX employs 16k people. The largest industries in Matagorda County, TX are Retail Trade (1,882 people), Construction (1,789 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,747 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($83,207), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($64,595), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($61,131).

Median household income in Matagorda County, TX is $44,896. Males in Matagorda 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 Matagorda County, TX (measured using the Gini index) is 0.482, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$44,896

2017 value

± $4,175

8.83%

1 Year Growth

± 11.3%

Households in Matagorda County, TX have a median annual income of $44,896, 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 $41,253 in 2016, which represents a 8.83% 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 Matagorda 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 Matagorda 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 Matagorda 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.

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

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Matagorda 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.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 7304

  2. Census Tract 7302.02

  3. Census Tract 7303.01

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Matagorda County, TX was Census Tract 7304 with a value of $68,578, followed by Census Tract 7302.02 and Census Tract 7303.01, with respective values of $56,630 and $50,786.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Matagorda 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

20.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Matagorda County, TX (7.46k out of 36.3k 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 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 55 - 64.

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

    4,913 ± 585

  2. Hispanic

    3,579 ± 498

  3. Black

    1,228 ± 274

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

16k

2017 Value

± 981

-0.879%

1 Year decline

± 8.95%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Matagorda County, TX declined at a rate of -0.879%, from 16.2k employees to 16k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Matagorda County, TX, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,802 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,686 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,544 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Matagorda County, TX.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Matagorda County, TX, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,802 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,686 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,544 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Matagorda County, TX has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (5.52 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.94 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.7 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Matagorda County, TX, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($73,717), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($71,488), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($71,165).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

16k

2017 Value

± 981

-0.879%

1 Year decline

± 8.95%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Matagorda County, TX declined at a rate of -0.879%, from 16.2k employees to 16k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Matagorda County, TX, are Retail Trade (1,882 people), Construction (1,789 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,747 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Matagorda County, TX, though some of these residents may live in Matagorda 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 Matagorda County, TX, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (1,882 people), Construction (1,789 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,747 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Matagorda County, TX has an unusually high number of Utilities (7.62 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (4.5 times), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (3.5 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Matagorda County, TX, by median earnings, are Utilities ($83,207), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($64,595), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($61,131).

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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

79.2% of the population of Matagorda County, TX has health coverage, with 39% on employee plans, 18.4% on Medicaid, 12.3% on Medicare, 8.23% on non-group plans, and 1.32% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Matagorda County, TX see 2828 patients per year on average, which represents a 14.8% decrease from the previous year (3320 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3099 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 2656 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

2828 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Matagorda County, TX see an average of 2828 patients per year. This represents a 14.8% decrease from the previous year (3320 patients).

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

20.8%

Uninsured

39%

Employer Coverage

18.4%

Medicaid

12.3%

Medicare

8.23%

Non-Group

1.32%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Matagorda County, TX declined by 3.34% from 21.5% to 20.8%.

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

Matagorda County, TX is home to a population of 36.7k people, from which 93.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 9.74% of Matagorda County, TX residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Matagorda County, TX is composed of 16.5k White Alone residents (44.9%), 15.2k Hispanic or Latino residents (41.4%), 3.74k Black or African American Alone residents (10.2%), 731 Asian Alone residents (1.99%), 337 Two or More Races residents (0.917%), 160 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.435%), 42 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.114%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Matagorda County, TX are Spanish or Spanish Creole (8,830 speakers), Vietnamese (369 speakers), and German (115 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.8

45

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Matagorda County, TX was 37.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Matagorda County, TX are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Matagorda County, TX residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

9.74%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

10.3%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 9.74% of Matagorda 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 Matagorda County, TX was 10.3%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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

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Citizenship

93.5%

2017 Citizenship

93.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 93.5% of Matagorda County, TX residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Matagorda County, TX was 93.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    16.5k ± 6

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    15.2k ± 1.25k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    3.74k ± 333

In 2017, there were 1.08 times more White Alone residents (16.5k people) in Matagorda County, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 15.2k Hispanic or Latino and 3.74k 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 Matagorda County, TX as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    8,830 speakers (26%)

  2. Vietnamese

    369 speakers (1.09%)

  3. German

    115 speakers (0.338%)

28.6% of Matagorda 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 Matagorda County, TX was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 26% of the overall population of Matagorda County, TX are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 1.09% speak Vietnamese and 0.338% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    946 ± 198

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    258 ± 129

  3. Korea

    204 ± 130

Matagorda County, TX has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.67 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Matagorda County, TX was $102,200 in 2017, which is 0.47 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $98,700 to $102,200, a 3.55% increase. The homeownership rate in Matagorda County, TX is 67.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Matagorda County, TX have an average commute time of 21.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Matagorda 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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$44,896

Median Household Income

± $4,175

13.8k

Number of Households

± 929

In 2017, the median household income of the 13.8k households in Matagorda County, TX grew to $44,896 from the previous year's value of $41,253.

The following chart displays the households in Matagorda 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 < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$102,200

2017 Median

± $6,436

$98,700

2016 Median

± $6,289

In 2017, the median property value in Matagorda County, TX grew to to $102,200 from the previous year's value of $98,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Matagorda 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 Matagorda County, TX the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

67.8%

2017 Homeownership

67.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 67.8% of the housing units in Matagorda County, TX were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 67.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Matagorda 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 Matagorda County, TX distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Matagorda County, TX have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

21.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Matagorda County, TX have a shorter commute time (21.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.04% of the workforce in Matagorda County, TX have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.5%

  2. Carpooled

    11.1%

  3. Walked

    2.24%

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

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