Wharton County, TX

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Population

41,430

0.128% growth

Median Age

37.3


Median Household Income

$50,145

7.97% growth

Poverty Rate

17.5%


Number of Employees

18,767

1.96% growth

Median Property Value

$115,700

8.13% growth

About

In 2017, Wharton County, TX had a population of 41.4k people with a median age of 37.3 and a median household income of $50,145. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Wharton County, TX grew from 41,377 to 41,430, a 0.128% increase and its median household income grew from $46,445 to $50,145, a 7.97% increase.

The population of Wharton County, TX is 45.3% White Alone, 40.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.8% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Wharton County, TX speak a non-English language, and 93.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Wharton County, TX are Wharton County Junior College (1,074 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Wharton County, TX is $115,700, and the homeownership rate is 67.5%. Most people in Wharton County, TX commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Wharton County, TX is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Wharton County, TX employs 18.8k people. The largest industries in Wharton County, TX are Retail Trade (2,591 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,502 people), and Educational Services (1,838 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($79,773), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($52,568), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($48,568).

Median household income in Wharton County, TX is $50,145. Males in Wharton 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 Wharton County, TX (measured using the Gini index) is 0.482, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$50,145

2017 value

± $3,208

7.97%

1 Year Growth

± 8.75%

Households in Wharton County, TX have a median annual income of $50,145, 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 $46,445 in 2016, which represents a 7.97% 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.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Wharton 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 7409

  2. Census Tract 7401

  3. Census Tract 7406

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Wharton County, TX was Census Tract 7409 with a value of $64,298, followed by Census Tract 7401 and Census Tract 7406, with respective values of $61,322 and $57,043.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males < 5

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Wharton County, TX (7.12k out of 40.8k 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 < 5, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 18 - 24.

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

    4,601 ± 460

  2. Hispanic

    3,651 ± 419

  3. Black

    2,163 ± 385

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

18.8k

2017 Value

± 1,008

1.96%

1 Year growth

± 7.26%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Wharton County, TX grew at a rate of 1.96%, from 18.4k employees to 18.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Wharton County, TX, are Sales & Related Occupations (2,184 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,961 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,783 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Wharton County, TX.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Wharton County, TX, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (2,184 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,961 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,783 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Wharton County, TX has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (4.46 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (2.1 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.7 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Wharton County, TX, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($64,243), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($63,317), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($63,125).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

18.8k

2017 Value

± 1,008

1.96%

1 Year growth

± 7.26%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Wharton County, TX grew at a rate of 1.96%, from 18.4k employees to 18.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Wharton County, TX, are Retail Trade (2,591 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,502 people), and Educational Services (1,838 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Wharton County, TX, though some of these residents may live in Wharton 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 Wharton County, TX, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (2,591 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,502 people), and Educational Services (1,838 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Wharton County, TX has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (9.53 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (5.18 times), and Construction (1.46 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Wharton County, TX, by median earnings, are Utilities ($79,773), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($52,568), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($48,568).

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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

81.9% of the population of Wharton County, TX has health coverage, with 42.9% on employee plans, 16.8% on Medicaid, 11.6% on Medicare, 9.32% on non-group plans, and 1.36% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Wharton County, TX see 2440 patients per year on average, which represents a 6.69% increase from the previous year (2287 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2197 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 2981 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

2,440 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Wharton County, TX see an average of 2,440 patients per year. This represents a 6.69% increase from the previous year (2,287 patients).

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

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Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

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

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Health Care Spending

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$6,998

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,696

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,273

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,895

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

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

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

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Health Care Coverage

18.1%

Uninsured

42.9%

Employer Coverage

16.8%

Medicaid

11.6%

Medicare

9.32%

Non-Group

1.36%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Wharton County, TX declined by 5.24% from 19.1% to 18.1%.

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

Wharton County, TX is home to a population of 41.4k people, from which 93.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 8.6% of Wharton County, TX residents were born outside of the country (3.56k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Wharton County, TX is composed of 18.8k White Alone residents (45.3%), 16.7k Hispanic or Latino residents (40.3%), 5.73k Black or African American Alone residents (13.8%), 168 Two or More Races residents (0.406%), 38 Asian Alone residents (0.0917%), 33 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0797%), 28 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0676%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.8

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Wharton County, TX was 37.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Wharton County, TX are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Wharton County, TX residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

8.6%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.56k people

8.87%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

3.67k people

As of 2017, 8.6% of Wharton County, TX residents (3.56k 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 Wharton County, TX was 8.87%, 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

93.1%

2017 Citizenship

93.1%

2016 Citizenship

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

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    18.8k ± 45

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    16.7k ± 598

  3. Black or African American Alone

    5.73k ± 157

In 2017, there were 1.12 times more White Alone residents (18.8k people) in Wharton County, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 16.7k Hispanic or Latino and 5.73k 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 Wharton 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 Wharton 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 Wharton County, TX was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Wharton 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

    660 ± 111

  2. Korea

    309 ± 109

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    175 ± 92

Wharton County, TX has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.14 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Wharton County, TX awarded 1,074 degrees. The student population of Wharton County, TX is skewed towards women, with 3,172 male students and 3,900 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Wharton County, TX are White (499 and 46.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (387 and 36%), Black or African American (106 and 9.87%), and Asian (68 and 6.33%).

The largest universities in Wharton County, TX by number of degrees awarded are Wharton County Junior College (1,074 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Wharton County, TX are General Studies (459 and 42.7%), Criminal Justice - Police Science (67 and 6.24%), and Welding Technology (54 and 5.03%).

The median tuition costs in Wharton 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. 459 degrees awarded

  2. 50 degrees awarded

  3. 40 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Wharton County, TX was General Studies with 459 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

1,074 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Wharton County, TX institution with the largest number of graduating students was Wharton County Junior College with 1,074 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

514

Degrees Awarded to Men

560

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 514 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Wharton County, TX, which is 0.918 times less than the 560 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

    499 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    387 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    106 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Wharton County, TX were to White students. These 499 degrees mean that there were 1.29 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 387 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Wharton County, TX was $115,700 in 2017, which is 0.532 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $107,000 to $115,700, a 8.13% increase. The homeownership rate in Wharton County, TX is 67.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Wharton County, TX have an average commute time of 22.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Wharton County, TX is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$50,145

Median Household Income

± $3,208

15.2k

Number of Households

± 839

In 2017, the median household income of the 15.2k households in Wharton County, TX grew to $50,145 from the previous year's value of $46,445.

The following chart displays the households in Wharton County, TX distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$115,700

2017 Median

± $5,886

$107,000

2016 Median

± $5,994

In 2017, the median property value in Wharton County, TX grew to to $115,700 from the previous year's value of $107,000.

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

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Wharton County, TX distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Wharton County, TX the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

67.5%

2017 Homeownership

67.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 67.5% of the housing units in Wharton County, TX were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 67.7%.

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

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Commute Time

22.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Wharton County, TX have a shorter commute time (22.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.92% of the workforce in Wharton County, TX have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.4%

  2. Carpooled

    11.7%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.73%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Wharton County, TX was Drove Alone (84.4%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.7%) and those who Worked At Home (2.73%).

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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