Potter County, TX

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Population

121,230

0.536% decline

Median Age

33.6


Median Household Income

$41,852

3.75% growth

Poverty Rate

21.7%


Number of Employees

52,859

1.02% decline

Median Property Value

$89,000

0.338% growth

About

In 2017, Potter County, TX had a population of 121k people with a median age of 33.6 and a median household income of $41,852. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Potter County, TX declined from 121,883 to 121,230, a -0.536% decrease and its median household income grew from $40,340 to $41,852, a 3.75% increase.

The population of Potter County, TX is 45.2% White Alone, 37.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.32% Black or African American Alone. 31.2% of the people in Potter County, TX speak a non-English language, and 88.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Potter County, TX are Amarillo College (1,743 degrees awarded in 2016), Milan Institute-Amarillo (119 degrees), and Milan Institute of Cosmetology-Amarillo (40 degrees).

The median property value in Potter County, TX is $89,000, and the homeownership rate is 57.3%. Most people in Potter County, TX commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 17.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Potter County, TX is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Potter County, TX employs 52.9k people. The largest industries in Potter County, TX are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,175 people), Retail Trade (6,523 people), and Manufacturing (6,516 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($48,250), Utilities ($45,714), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($42,962).

Median household income in Potter County, TX is $41,852. Males in Potter 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 Potter County, TX (measured using the Gini index) is 0.482, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$41,852

2017 value

± $1,195

3.75%

1 Year Growth

± 4.09%

Households in Potter County, TX have a median annual income of $41,852, 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 $40,340 in 2016, which represents a 3.75% 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 Potter County, TX 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 Potter 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 Potter 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 133

  2. Census Tract 143

  3. Census Tract 102

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Potter County, TX was Census Tract 133 with a value of $101,132, followed by Census Tract 143 and Census Tract 102, with respective values of $75,684 and $71,250.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Potter 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

21.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Potter County, TX (24.7k out of 114k 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 Females 18 - 24 and then Females 6 - 11.

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

    17,273 ± 898

  2. Hispanic

    12,388 ± 756

  3. Black

    3,324 ± 413

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

52.9k

2017 Value

± 1,576

-1.02%

1 Year decline

± 4.2%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Potter County, TX declined at a rate of -1.02%, from 53.4k employees to 52.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Potter County, TX, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,419 people), Sales & Related Occupations (5,594 people), and Production Occupations (5,118 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Potter County, TX.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Potter County, TX, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,419 people), Sales & Related Occupations (5,594 people), and Production Occupations (5,118 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Potter County, TX has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.99 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.67 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.6 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Potter County, TX, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($63,795), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($55,991), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($55,113).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

52.9k

2017 Value

± 1,576

-1.02%

1 Year decline

± 4.2%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Potter County, TX declined at a rate of -1.02%, from 53.4k employees to 52.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Potter County, TX, are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,175 people), Retail Trade (6,523 people), and Manufacturing (6,516 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Potter County, TX, though some of these residents may live in Potter 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 Potter County, TX, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,175 people), Retail Trade (6,523 people), and Manufacturing (6,516 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Potter County, TX has an unusually high number of Utilities (1.81 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.69 times), and Construction (1.45 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Potter County, TX, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($48,250), Utilities ($45,714), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($42,962).

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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

78.1% of the population of Potter County, TX has health coverage, with 40% on employee plans, 19.4% on Medicaid, 8.06% on Medicare, 8.9% on non-group plans, and 1.75% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Potter County, TX see 1338 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0748% increase from the previous year (1337 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2048 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 554 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

1338 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Potter County, TX see an average of 1338 patients per year. This represents a 0.0748% increase from the previous year (1337 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%).

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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

21.9%

Uninsured

40%

Employer Coverage

19.4%

Medicaid

8.06%

Medicare

8.9%

Non-Group

1.75%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Potter County, TX declined by 3.74% from 22.7% to 21.9%.

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

Potter County, TX is home to a population of 121k people, from which 88.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 15.7% of Potter County, TX residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Potter County, TX is composed of 54.8k White Alone residents (45.2%), 45.6k Hispanic or Latino residents (37.6%), 11.3k Black or African American Alone residents (9.32%), 6.34k Asian Alone residents (5.23%), 2.77k Two or More Races residents (2.28%), 328 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.271%), 89 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0734%), and 85 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0701%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Potter County, TX are Spanish or Spanish Creole (28,814 speakers), Other Asian Languages (2,034 speakers), and Vietnamese (1,501 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

32

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Potter County, TX was 33.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 32, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Potter County, TX are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Potter County, TX residents was 33.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

15.7%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

15%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 15.7% of Potter County, TX residents were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Potter County, TX was 15%, 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 Potter County, TX was Mexico, the natal country of 2,547,886 Potter County, TX residents, followed by India with 231,271 and El Salvador with 200,904.

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Citizenship

88.7%

2017 Citizenship

88.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 88.7% of Potter County, TX residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Potter County, TX was 88.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    54.8k ± 79

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    45.6k ± 1.01k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    11.3k ± 392

In 2017, there were 1.2 times more White Alone residents (54.8k people) in Potter County, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 45.6k Hispanic or Latino and 11.3k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    28,814 speakers (25.7%)

  2. Other Asian Languages

    2,034 speakers (1.81%)

  3. Vietnamese

    1,501 speakers (1.34%)

31.2% of Potter 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 Potter County, TX was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 25.7% of the overall population of Potter County, TX are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 1.81% speak Other Asian Languages and 1.34% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    2,227 ± 257

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,033 ± 222

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    890 ± 199

Potter County, TX has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.16 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Potter County, TX awarded 1,960 degrees. The student population of Potter County, TX is skewed towards women, with 3,876 male students and 6,655 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Potter County, TX are White (986 and 50.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (775 and 39.5%), Black or African American (80 and 4.08%), and Asian (42 and 2.14%).

The largest universities in Potter County, TX by number of degrees awarded are Amarillo College (1,743 and 88.9%), Milan Institute-Amarillo (119 and 6.07%), and Milan Institute of Cosmetology-Amarillo (40 and 2.04%).

The most popular majors in Potter County, TX are General Business Administration & Management (201 and 10.3%), General Studies (129 and 6.58%), and Registered Nursing (111 and 5.66%).

The median tuition costs in Potter 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. 129 degrees awarded

  2. 122 degrees awarded

  3. 111 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Potter County, TX was General Studies with 129 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,743 degrees awarded

  2. 119 degrees awarded

  3. 40 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Potter County, TX institution with the largest number of graduating students was Amarillo College with 1,743 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

735

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,225

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 735 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Potter County, TX, which is 0.6 times less than the 1,225 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

    986 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    775 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    80 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Potter County, TX were to White students. These 986 degrees mean that there were 1.27 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 775 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Potter County, TX was $89,000 in 2017, which is 0.409 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $88,700 to $89,000, a 0.338% increase. The homeownership rate in Potter County, TX is 57.3%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Potter County, TX have an average commute time of 17.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Potter 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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$41,852

Median Household Income

± $1,195

43.5k

Number of Households

± 1,307

In 2017, the median household income of the 43.5k households in Potter County, TX grew to $41,852 from the previous year's value of $40,340.

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

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Housing

Property Value

$89,000

2017 Median

± $2,143

$88,700

2016 Median

± $2,390

In 2017, the median property value in Potter County, TX grew to to $89,000 from the previous year's value of $88,700.

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

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Potter County, TX distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Potter County, TX the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

57.3%

2017 Homeownership

57.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 57.3% of the housing units in Potter County, TX were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 57.2%.

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

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Commute Time

17.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Potter County, TX have a shorter commute time (17.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.12% of the workforce in Potter County, TX have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    79.3%

  2. Carpooled

    14.7%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.25%

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

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