Starr County, TX

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2019 Population
64,078
0.288% 1-year growth
US Senator
John Cornyn
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Cruz
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
28.8
0.348% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
34.7%
1.72% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$30,387
3.73% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$71,900
5.27% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
22,056
0.98% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Starr County, TX had a population of 64.1k people with a median age of 28.8 and a median household income of $30,387. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Starr County, TX grew from 63,894 to 64,078, a 0.288% increase and its median household income grew from $29,294 to $30,387, a 3.73% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Starr County, TX are White (Hispanic) (94.6%), Other (Hispanic) (4.13%), White (Non-Hispanic) (0.693%), Two+ (Hispanic) (0.357%), and American Indian & Alaska Native (Hispanic) (0.0499%). 0% of the households in Starr County, TX speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 79.7% of the residents in Starr County, TX are U.S. citizens.

In 2019, the median property value in Starr County, TX was $71,900, and the homeownership rate was 75.1%. Most people in Starr County, TX drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Starr County, TX was 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Texas. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Texas.

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Community Mobility

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Diversity

Starr County, TX is home to a population of 64.1k people, from which 79.7% are citizens. As of 2019, 114% of Starr County, TX residents were born outside of the country (73.2k people).

In 2019, there were 22.9 times more White (Hispanic) residents (60.6k people) in Starr County, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.65k Other (Hispanic) and 444 White (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Starr County, TX
  1. White (Hispanic)
    60.6k ± 856
  2. Other (Hispanic)
    2.65k ± 818
  3. White (Non-Hispanic)
    444 ± 242
99.2%
Hispanic Population
63.5k people

In 2019, there were 22.9 times more White (Hispanic) residents (60.6k people) in Starr County, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.65k Other (Hispanic) and 444 White (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

99.2% of the people in Starr County, TX are hispanic (63.5k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

114%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
73.2k people
30.1%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
19.3k people

As of 2019, 114% of Starr County, TX residents (73.2k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Starr County, TX was 30.1%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

21
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.4
50
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1

In 2019, the median age of all people in Starr County, TX was 28.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 21, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 50. But people in Starr County, TX are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Starr County, TX residents was 29.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    2,517,866 ± 37,182 people
  2. India
    267,786 ± 12,644 people
  3. El Salvador
    216,011 ± 11,367 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Texas was Mexico, the natal country of 2,517,866 Texas residents, followed by India with 267,786 and El Salvador with 216,011.

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Citizenship

79.7%
2019 Citizenship
78.8%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 79.7% of Starr County, TX residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Starr County, TX was 78.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    255 ± 114
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    172 ± 121
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    52 ± 54

Starr County, TX has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.48 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Starr County, TX is $30,387. In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Starr County, TX was Census Tract 9501.04 with a value of $47,739, followed by Census Tract 9501.01 and Census Tract 9501.08, with respective values of $46,400 and $45,208.

Males in Texas have an average income that is 1.4 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,245. The income inequality in Texas (measured using the Gini index) is 0.48, which is higher than than the national average.

The economy of Starr County, TX employs 22.1k people. The largest industries in Starr County, TX are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,584 people), Educational Services (3,201 people), and Retail Trade (2,348 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($44,909), Transportation & Warehousing ($44,125), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($38,967).

Wages

Median Household Income

$30,387
2019 value
± $2,246
3.73%
1 Year Growth
± 12%

Households in Starr County, TX have a median annual income of $30,387, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $29,294 in 2018, which represents a 3.73% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$68,707
Average Male Salary in Texas
± $741
$49,245
Average Female Salary in Texas
± $549

In 2019, full-time male employees in Texas made 1.4 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Texas by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Texas
  1. Asian
    $69,055 ± $2,236
  2. White
    $55,439 ± $530
  3. American Indian
    $49,081 ± $7,151

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Texas workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.25 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Texas.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Starr County, TX is from Texas.
0.48
2019 Wage GINI in Texas
0.482
2018 Wage GINI in Texas

In 2019, the income inequality in Texas was 0.48 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.281% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Texas was higher than than the national average of 0.478. 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 9501.04
  2. Census Tract 9501.01
  3. Census Tract 9501.08

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Starr County, TX was Census Tract 9501.04 with a value of $47,739, followed by Census Tract 9501.01 and Census Tract 9501.08, with respective values of $46,400 and $45,208.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Starr 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

34.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Starr County, TX (22k out of 63.4k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Males < 5.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. Hispanic
    21,919 ± 1,118
  2. White
    21,371 ± 1,108
  3. Other
    607 ± 151

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Starr County, TX is Hispanic, followed by White and Other.

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

22.1k
2019 Value
± 1,153
0.98%
1 Year growth
± 7.2%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Starr County, TX grew at a rate of 0.98%, from 21.8k employees to 22.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Starr County, TX, are Healthcare Support Occupations (3,014 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (2,590 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (2,100 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Starr County, TX.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Starr County, TX, by number of employees, are Healthcare Support Occupations (3,014 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (2,590 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (2,100 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Starr County, TX has an unusually high number of residents working as Healthcare Support Occupations (4.17 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.4 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (2.33 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Starr County, TX, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($124,000), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($63,833), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($56,458).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

22.1k
2019 Value
± 1,153
0.98%
1 Year growth
± 7.2%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Starr County, TX grew at a rate of 0.98%, from 21.8k employees to 22.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Starr County, TX, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,584 people), Educational Services (3,201 people), and Retail Trade (2,348 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Starr County, TX, though some of these residents may live in Starr 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 Starr County, TX, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,584 people), Educational Services (3,201 people), and Retail Trade (2,348 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Starr County, TX has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (8.34 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.87 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.82 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Starr County, TX, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($44,909), Transportation & Warehousing ($44,125), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($38,967).

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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. $358B
  2. $332B
  3. $284B

In 2018, the top outbound Texas product (by dollars) was Fuel oils with $358B, followed by Crude petroleum ($332B) and Gasoline ($284B).

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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$2.8T
2018 Value in Texas
$5.07T
Projected 2045 Value in Texas
81.2% growth

In 2018, total outbound Texas trade was $2.8T. This is expected to increase 81.2% to $5.07T 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. $97.6B
  2. $67.7B
  3. $60.2B

In 2018, the top outbound Texas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Louisiana with $97.6B, followed by Michigan with $67.7B and California and $60.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Texas shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Starr County, TX went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 79.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (18.9%), followed by Other (1.93%). The most partisan county was Roberts County, TX with 94.6% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

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

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

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Popular Vote for Starr County, TX
79.1% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in Texas
  1. 94.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 93.7% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 92% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

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

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

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US Senators from Texas

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

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

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

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

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US Representatives from Texas

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

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

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Starr County, TX was $71,900 in 2019, which is 0.299 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $68,300 to $71,900, a 5.27% increase. The homeownership rate in Starr County, TX is 75.1%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Starr County, TX have an average commute time of 25.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Starr County, TX is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$71,900
2019 Median
± $2,676
$68,300
2018 Median
± $2,555

In 2019, the median property value in Starr County, TX grew to to $71,900 from the previous year's value of $68,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Starr 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 Starr County, TX the largest share of households have a property value in the $70k - $80k range.

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Household Income

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$30,387
Median Household Income
± $2,246
16.2k
Number of Households
± 892

In 2019, the median household income of the 16.2k households in Starr County, TX grew to $30,387 from the previous year's value of $29,294.

The following chart displays the households in Starr 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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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

75.1%
2019 Homeownership
74%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 75.1% of the housing units in Starr County, TX were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 74%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Starr County, TX compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

25.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Starr County, TX have a shorter commute time (25.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 6.34% of the workforce in Starr County, TX have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (70.4%)
  2. Carpooled (17.7%)
  3. Worked At Home (7.15%)

In 2019, 70.4% of workers in Starr County, TX drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (17.7%) and those who worked at home (7.15%).

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

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Health

65.2% of the population of Starr County, TX has health coverage, with 19% on employee plans, 36% on Medicaid, 4.94% on Medicare, 4.97% on non-group plans, and 0.348% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Starr County, TX see 4609 patients per year on average, which represents a 7.04% decrease from the previous year (4958 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 7181 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 5876 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Trinity County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (23.2%). Additionally, Burleson County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (46.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

4,609 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Starr County, TX

Primary care physicians in Starr County, TX see an average of 4,609 patients per year. This represents a 7.04% decrease from the previous year (4,958 patients).

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

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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

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Health Care Spending

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$6,998
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Texas
$4,696
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$7,273
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$11,895
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Texas (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.06%, from $6,661 to $6,998.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

34.8%
Uninsured
19%
Employer Coverage
36%
Medicaid
4.94%
Medicare
4.97%
Non-Group
0.348%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Starr County, TX grew by 4.2% from 33.4% to 34.8%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Starr 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. 23.2% prevalence
  2. 22.7% prevalence
  3. 22.5% prevalence

Trinity County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Texas, at 23.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Texas by county over multiple years.

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