Zapata County, TX

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Population

14,415

0.558% growth

Median Age

29.4


Median Household Income

$34,550

6.56% decline

Poverty Rate

34.1%


Number of Employees

5,146

1.29% decline

Median Property Value

$60,700

0.998% growth

About

In 2017, Zapata County, TX had a population of 14.4k people with a median age of 29.4 and a median household income of $34,550. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Zapata County, TX grew from 14,335 to 14,415, a 0.558% increase and its median household income declined from $36,976 to $34,550, a -6.56% decrease.

The population of Zapata County, TX is 94.1% Hispanic or Latino, 5.22% White Alone, and 0.708% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Zapata County, TX speak a non-English language, and 78.1% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Zapata County, TX is $60,700, and the homeownership rate is 72.3%. Most people in Zapata County, TX commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 17.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Zapata County, TX is 2 cars per household.

Zapata County, TX borders Webb County, TX, Starr County, TX, and Jim Hogg County, TX.

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Economy

The economy of Zapata County, TX employs 5.15k people. The largest industries in Zapata County, TX are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (683 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (668 people), and Educational Services (639 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($80,469), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($64,063), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($56,477).

Median household income in Zapata County, TX is $34,550. Males in Zapata 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 Zapata County, TX (measured using the Gini index) is 0.482, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$34,550

2017 value

± $6,700

-6.56%

1 Year Growth

± 26%

Households in Zapata County, TX have a median annual income of $34,550, 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 $36,976 in 2016, which represents a -6.56% 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.

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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 Zapata 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 9503.02

  2. Census Tract 9504

  3. Census Tract 9503.01

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Zapata County, TX was Census Tract 9503.02 with a value of $38,663, followed by Census Tract 9504 and Census Tract 9503.01, with respective values of $32,118 and $27,530.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males < 5

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

34.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Zapata County, TX (4.87k out of 14.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males < 5, followed by Males 6 - 11 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. Hispanic

    4,789 ± 548

  2. White

    4,715 ± 552

  3. Other

    148 ± 120

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

5.15k

2017 Value

± 609

-1.29%

1 Year decline

± 16.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Zapata County, TX declined at a rate of -1.29%, from 5.21k employees to 5.15k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Zapata County, TX, are Construction & Extraction Occupations (666 people), Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (552 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (506 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Zapata County, TX.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Zapata County, TX, by number of employees, are Construction & Extraction Occupations (666 people), Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (552 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (506 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Zapata County, TX has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (5.63 times higher than expected), Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (2.73 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (2.6 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Zapata County, TX, by median earnings, are Education, Training, & Library Occupations ($55,105), Education, Legal, Community Service, Arts, & Media Occupations ($51,573), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations ($50,107).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

5.15k

2017 Value

± 609

-1.29%

1 Year decline

± 16.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Zapata County, TX declined at a rate of -1.29%, from 5.21k employees to 5.15k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Zapata County, TX, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (683 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (668 people), and Educational Services (639 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Zapata County, TX, though some of these residents may live in Zapata 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 Zapata County, TX, by number of employees, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (683 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (668 people), and Educational Services (639 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Zapata County, TX has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (24.6 times higher than expected), Other Services, Except Public Administration (2.22 times), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.02 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Zapata County, TX, by median earnings, are Utilities ($80,469), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($64,063), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($56,477).

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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

69.2% of the population of Zapata County, TX has health coverage, with 26.4% on employee plans, 29.6% on Medicaid, 6.64% on Medicare, 5.84% on non-group plans, and 0.758% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Zapata County, TX see 14374 patients per year on average, which represents a 101% increase from the previous year (7160 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 7174 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

14,374 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Zapata County, TX see an average of 14,374 patients per year. This represents a 101% increase from the previous year (7,160 patients).

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

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

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

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

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

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

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Health Care Spending

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$6,998

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,696

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,273

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,895

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

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

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

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Health Care Coverage

30.8%

Uninsured

26.4%

Employer Coverage

29.6%

Medicaid

6.64%

Medicare

5.84%

Non-Group

0.758%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Zapata County, TX grew by 2.08% from 30.1% to 30.8%.

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

Zapata County, TX is home to a population of 14.4k people, from which 78.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 27.3% of Zapata County, TX residents were born outside of the country (3.93k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Zapata County, TX is composed of 13.6k Hispanic or Latino residents (94.1%), 753 White Alone residents (5.22%), 102 Asian Alone residents (0.708%), 0 Two or More Races residents (0%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), 0 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0%), 0 Black or African American Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

22

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.2

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Zapata County, TX was 29.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 22, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Zapata County, TX are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Zapata County, TX residents was 29.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

27.3%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.93k people

29.2%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

4.18k people

As of 2017, 27.3% of Zapata County, TX residents (3.93k people) 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 Zapata County, TX was 29.2%, 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

78.1%

2017 Citizenship

75.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 78.1% of Zapata County, TX residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Zapata County, TX was 75.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    13.6k ± 541

  2. White Alone

    753 ± 127

  3. Asian Alone

    102 ± 127

In 2017, there were 18 times more Hispanic or Latino residents (13.6k people) in Zapata County, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 753 White Alone and 102 Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

    174 ± 89

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    93 ± 78

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    59 ± 82

Zapata County, TX has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.87 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Zapata County, TX was $60,700 in 2017, which is 0.279 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $60,100 to $60,700, a 0.998% increase. The homeownership rate in Zapata County, TX is 72.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Zapata County, TX have an average commute time of 17.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Zapata 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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$34,550

Median Household Income

± $6,700

4.46k

Number of Households

± 515

In 2017, the median household income of the 4.46k households in Zapata County, TX declined from $34,550 from the previous year's value of $36,976.

The following chart displays the households in Zapata County, TX distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$60,700

2017 Median

± $6,829

$60,100

2016 Median

± $5,032

In 2017, the median property value in Zapata County, TX grew to to $60,700 from the previous year's value of $60,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Zapata 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 Zapata County, TX the largest share of households have a property value in the $50k - $60k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

72.3%

2017 Homeownership

76.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 72.3% of the housing units in Zapata County, TX were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 76.9%.

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

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Commute Time

17.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Zapata County, TX have a shorter commute time (17.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 4.91% of the workforce in Zapata County, TX have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    69.2%

  2. Carpooled

    23.8%

  3. Walked

    4.4%

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

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