Sterling County, TX

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Population

1,139

7.62% decline

Median Age

42.4


Median Household Income

$50,000

0.311% decline

Poverty Rate

17%


Number of Employees

515

12.9% decline

Median Property Value

$66,100

30.5% decline

About

In 2017, Sterling County, TX had a population of 1.14k people with a median age of 42.4 and a median household income of $50,000. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Sterling County, TX declined from 1,233 to 1,139, a -7.62% decrease and its median household income declined from $50,156 to $50,000, a -0.311% decrease.

The population of Sterling County, TX is 57.4% White Alone, 40.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.49% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Sterling County, TX speak a non-English language, and 95.3% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Sterling County, TX is $66,100, and the homeownership rate is 85.1%. Most people in Sterling County, TX commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Sterling County, TX is 1 car per household.

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Economy

The economy of Sterling County, TX employs 515 people. The largest industries in Sterling County, TX are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (98 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (71 people), and Retail Trade (56 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($67,262), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($66,875), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,328).

Median household income in Sterling County, TX is $50,000. Males in Sterling 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 Sterling County, TX (measured using the Gini index) is 0.482, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$50,000

2017 value

± $13,092

-0.311%

1 Year Growth

± 35%

Households in Sterling County, TX have a median annual income of $50,000, 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 $50,156 in 2016, which represents a -0.311% 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.

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

  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.

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

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Sterling 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 9501

  2. N/A

  3. N/A

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Sterling County, TX was Census Tract 9501 with a value of $50,000, followed by N/A and N/A, with respective values of N/A and N/A.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 6 - 11

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Sterling County, TX (185 out of 1.09k 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 Males 6 - 11, followed by Females 12 - 14 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. White

    174 ± 88

  2. Hispanic

    45 ± 67

  3. Other

    11 ± 65

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

515

2017 Value

± 130

-12.9%

1 Year decline

± 38.3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Sterling County, TX declined at a rate of -12.9%, from 591 employees to 515 employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Sterling County, TX, are Transportation Occupations (67 people), Sales & Related Occupations (66 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (54 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Sterling County, TX.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Sterling County, TX, by number of employees, are Transportation Occupations (67 people), Sales & Related Occupations (66 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (54 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Sterling County, TX has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (5.05 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (3.82 times), and Transportation Occupations (3.57 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Sterling County, TX, by median earnings, are Construction & Extraction Occupations ($86,058), Natural Resources, Construction, & Maintenance Occupations ($80,938), and Management Occupations ($73,333).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

515

2017 Value

± 130

-12.9%

1 Year decline

± 38.3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Sterling County, TX declined at a rate of -12.9%, from 591 employees to 515 employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Sterling County, TX, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (98 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (71 people), and Retail Trade (56 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Sterling County, TX, though some of these residents may live in Sterling 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 Sterling County, TX, by number of employees, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (98 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (71 people), and Retail Trade (56 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Sterling County, TX has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (35.2 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (7.06 times), and Wholesale Trade (2.17 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Sterling County, TX, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($67,262), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($66,875), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,328).

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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

73% of the population of Sterling County, TX has health coverage, with 30.8% on employee plans, 14.6% on Medicaid, 13.3% on Medicare, 13.8% on non-group plans, and 0.546% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Sterling County, TX see 0 patients per year on average, which represents a 0% change from the previous year (0 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 0 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 0 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

0 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Sterling County, TX see an average of 0 patients per year. This represents a 0% change from the previous year (0 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

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

27%

Uninsured

30.8%

Employer Coverage

14.6%

Medicaid

13.3%

Medicare

13.8%

Non-Group

0.546%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Sterling County, TX grew by 9.39% from 24.6% to 27%.

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

Sterling County, TX is home to a population of 1.14k people, from which 95.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 6.76% of Sterling County, TX residents were born outside of the country (77 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Sterling County, TX is composed of 654 White Alone residents (57.4%), 465 Hispanic or Latino residents (40.8%), 17 Two or More Races residents (1.49%), 3 Black or African American Alone residents (0.263%), 0 Asian Alone residents (0%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), 0 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 9.3

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 14.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Sterling County, TX was 42.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Sterling County, TX are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Sterling County, TX residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

6.76%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

77 people

11.1%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

137 people

As of 2017, 6.76% of Sterling County, TX residents (77 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 Sterling County, TX was 11.1%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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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

95.3%

2017 Citizenship

90.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.3% of Sterling County, TX residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Sterling County, TX was 90.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    654 ± 139

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    465 ± 143

  3. Two or More Races

    17 ± 27.3

In 2017, there were 1.41 times more White Alone residents (654 people) in Sterling County, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 465 Hispanic or Latino and 17 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Sterling 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 Sterling 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 Sterling County, TX was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Sterling 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

    10 ± 20

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    8 ± 18

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    0 ± 23

Sterling County, TX has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.25 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Sterling County, TX was $66,100 in 2017, which is 0.304 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $95,100 to $66,100, a 30.5% decrease. The homeownership rate in Sterling County, TX is 85.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Sterling County, TX have an average commute time of 18.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Sterling County, TX is lower than the national average, with an average of 1 car per household.

Income

Household Income

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$50,000

Median Household Income

± $13,092

462

Number of Households

± 105

In 2017, the median household income of the 462 households in Sterling County, TX declined from $50,000 from the previous year's value of $50,156.

The following chart displays the households in Sterling 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

$66,100

2017 Median

± $33,028

$95,100

2016 Median

± $11,749

In 2017, the median property value in Sterling County, TX declined from to $66,100 from the previous year's value of $95,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Sterling 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 Sterling County, TX the largest share of households have a property value in the $40k - $50k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

85.1%

2017 Homeownership

79%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 85.1% of the housing units in Sterling County, TX were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 79%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Sterling County, TX compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

1 car

Average Number

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

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Commute Time

18.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Sterling County, TX have a shorter commute time (18.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 6.22% of the workforce in Sterling County, TX have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    77.4%

  2. Worked At Home

    11.6%

  3. Other

    9.43%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Sterling County, TX was Drove Alone (77.4%), followed by those who Worked At Home (11.6%) and those who Other (9.43%).

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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