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11 County Region

Austin Brazoria Chambers Fort Bend Galveston Harris Liberty Montgomery San Jacinto Waller Walker

Austin

Austin county is located in East Central Texas and is one of 13 counties in the Gulf Coast Region. Austin County's 2017 population was 29,786. Bellville is the county seat. Other towns include Sealy and Wallis. The Manufacturing, Trade, Service, and Local Government Sectors fuel county employment. Austin County is the home of Stephen F. Austin State Park. The average unemployment rate in Austin County for January 2018 was 4.0 percent.

Population Establishments Employment Per Capita Income Land Area (sq mi)
29,786 980 13,441 $49,559 647
Economic Development Organizations
  • Sealy Economic Development Corporation: Website - Ph: (979) 627-6121
  • Bellville Economic Development Corporation: Website - Ph: (979) 865-3136

Fort Bend

Fort Bend County is located in East Central Texas and is one of 13 counties in the Gulf Coast Region. Fort Bend County's 2017 population was 764,828. Richmond is the county seat. Other towns include Rosenberg, Katy, Sugar Land, Stafford and Missouri City. The Manufacturing, Trade, Service, Local Government and Construction Sectors fuel county employment. Fort Bend County is home of the Brazos Bend State Park covering over 4,800 acres. The average unemployment rate in Fort Bend County for January 2018 was 4.4 percent.

Population Establishments Employment Per Capita Income Land Area (sq mi)
764,828 12,870 355,572 $54,005 861
Economic Development Organizations
  • Greater Fort Bend EDC: Website - Ph: (281) 242-0000
  • City of Sugar Land - Economic Development: Website - Ph: (281)275-2229
  • City of Fulshear: Website - Ph: (281) 346-1796
  • City of Rosenberg: Website - Ph: (832) 595-3300
  • City of Richmond: Website - Ph: (281) 342-5456
  • City of Rosenberg - Economic Development: Website - Ph: (832) 595-3339
  • City of Sugar Land: Website - Ph: (281) 275-2700
  • City of Missouri City - Economic Development: Website - Ph: (281) 403-8695
  • City of Stafford: Website - Ph: (281) 261-3900

Walker

Walker County is located in South East Texas near Lake Livingston and Lake Conroe and is surrounded by the Sam Houston National Forest. It includes 790 square miles and is the 51st largest of the 254 counties in Texas, with a 2017 population of 72,245. Walker county is home to the cities of Huntsville, New Waverly, and Riverside. The average unemployment rate in Walker County for January 2018 was 4.6 percent.

Population Establishments Employment Per Capita Income Land Area (sq mi)
72,245 990 22,479 $25,719 784
Economic Development Organizations
  • City of Huntsville - Economic Development Dept.: Website - Ph: (936) 294-5700

Waller

Waller County is located in East Central Texas and is one of 13 counties in the Gulf Coast Workforce Region. Waller County's 2017 population was 51,307. Hempstead is the county seat. Other towns include Brookshire, Prairieview and Waller. The Trade, Services, State and Local Government and Manufacturing Sectors fuel county employment. Waller County is home to Prairie View A & M University. The average unemployment rate in Waller County in January 2018 was 4.5 percent.

Population Establishments Employment Per Capita Income Land Area (sq mi)
51,307 790 21,206 $34,602 513
Economic Development Organizations
  • Waller County Economic Development Partnership, Inc.: Website - Ph: (979) 921-9059
  • Brookshire Economic Development Corp. Board: Website - Ph: (281) 934-1730

Montgomery

Montgomery County is located in East Central Texas and is one of 13 counties in the Gulf Coast Region. Montgomery County's 2017 population was 570,934. Conroe is the county seat. Other towns include The Woodlands, Montgomery and New Caney. The Trade, Services, Manufacturing and Local Government Sectors fuel county employment. Montgomery County is home to Lake Conroe, a popular recreation area for Houston residents that are less than an hour away. The average unemployment rate in Montgomery County for January 2018 was 4.1 percent.

Population Establishments Employment Per Capita Income Land Area (sq mi)
570,934 11,040 258,055 $56,730 1042
Economic Development Organizations
  • The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership: Website - Ph: (281) 363-8130
  • City of Willis: Website - Ph: (936) 856-4611
  • City of Magnolia: Website - Ph: (281)356-2266
  • City of Oak Ridge North: Website - Ph: (281) 292-4648
  • East Montgomery County Improvement District: Website - Ph: (281) 354-4419
  • Montgomery Economic Development Corporation: Website - Ph: (936) 597-6434
  • Greater Conroe Economic Development Council: Website - Ph: (936) 538-7118

Harris

Harris County is one of nine counties in the Houston region, which is located on the upper Gulf coastal plain of Texas. Harris County's 2017 population was 4,652,980, the most populous county in the state. Houston, the county seat, is the most populous city in Texas and the fourth most populous in the nation. Other towns include Pasadena, Baytown and Bellaire. The Manufacturing, Trade, Service, Local Government, Transportation & Warehousing and Construction Sectors fuel county employment. The average unemployment rate in Harris County for January 2018 was 4.9 percent.

Population Establishments Employment Per Capita Income Land Area (sq mi)
4,652,980 114,110 2,174,853 $52,452 1703
Economic Development Organizations
  • City of Jersey Village: Website - Ph: (713) 466-2100
  • City of Missouri City - Economic Development: Website - Ph: (281) 403-8695
  • City of Stafford: Website - Ph: (281) 261-3900
  • Uptown Houston District: Website - Ph: (713) 621-2011
  • North Houston Association: Website - Ph: (281) 875-0660
  • Economic Alliance Houston Port Region: Website - Ph: (281) 476-9176
  • West Houston Association: Website - Ph: (713) 461-9378
  • City of Seabrook: Website - Ph: (281) 291.5600
  • City of La Porte Economic Development: Website - Ph: (281) 471-5020
  • Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership: Website - Ph: (832) 536-3255
  • City of Pasadena: Website - Ph: (713) 477-1511
  • Houston East End Chamber of Commerce: Website - Ph: (713) 926-3305
  • Katy Area Economic Development Council: Website - Ph: (281) 396-2200
  • Central Houston, Inc.: Website - Ph: (713) 650-1470
  • Greater East End Management District: Website - Ph: (713) 928-9916
  • Westchase District: Website - Ph: (713) 780-9434
  • Houston Intercontinental Chamber of Commerce: Website - Ph: (281) 408-0866
  • City of Deer Park: Website - Ph: (281 478-2042
  • Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce: Website - Ph: (281) 440-4160
  • Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce: Website - Ph: (281) 373-1390
  • The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce: Website - Ph: (281) 446-2128
  • North Houston District: Website - Ph: (281) 874-2131
  • Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC): Website - Ph: (713) 627-3200
  • Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce: Website - Ph: (281) 440-4160
  • Tomball Economic Development Corporation: Website - Ph: (281) 401-4086
  • City of La Porte: Website - Ph: (281) 471-5020
  • Economic Alliance Houston Port Region: Website - Ph: (281) 476-9176
  • City of Friendswood - Economic Development: Website - Ph: (281) 996-3200
  • Hobby Area Management District: Website - Ph: (832) 703-1103
  • Port Houston: Website - Ph: (713) 670-2400
  • City of Nassau Bay Economic Development Corporation: Website - Ph: (281) 333-4211
  • City of Houston Office of Economic Development: Website - Ph: (832) 393-0937

San Jacinto

San Jacinto County is located in East Central Texas and is one of 13 counties in the Gulf Coast Region. San Jacinto County's 2017 population was 28,270. Coldspring is the county seat. Other towns include Napier, Oakhurst, Pointblank and Shepherd. San Jacinto County is known for the beauty of the Sam Houston National Forest and its timberland amid rolling hills. The average unemployment rate in Liberty County for January 2018 was 5.7 percent.

Population Establishments Employment Per Capita Income Land Area (sq mi)
28,270 210 10,890 $31,569 569

Liberty

Liberty County is located in East Central Texas and is one of 13 counties in the Gulf Coast Region. Liberty County's 2017 population was 83,658. Liberty is the county seat. Other towns include Cleveland and Dayton. The Manufacturing, Trade, Service, and Local Government Sectors fuel county employment. Liberty County is one of the original counties established in Texas in 1836. The average unemployment rate in Liberty County for January 2018 was 6.8 percent.

Population Establishments Employment Per Capita Income Land Area (sq mi)
83,658 1,060 29,654 $34,631 1,158
Economic Development Organizations
  • City of Cleveland: Website - Ph: (281) 592-2667
  • Dayton Community Development Corp.: Website - Ph: (936) 257-0055

Chambers

Chambers County is located in East Central Texas and is one of 13 counties in the Gulf Coast Region. Chambers County's 2017 population was 41,441. Anahuac is the county seat. Other towns include Winnie, Mont Belview, and Stowell. The Manufacturing, Trade, Service, and Local Government Sectors fuel county employment. Chambers County is the home of the Texas Rice Festival, Texas Gatorfest in September. The average unemployment rate in Chambers County for January 2018 was 6.5 percent.

Population Establishments Employment Per Capita Income Land Area (sq mi)
41,441 640 17,441 $49,970 597
Economic Development Organizations
  • Baytown/West Chambers County Economic Development Foundation: Website - Ph: (281) 420-2961
  • City of Mont Belvieu: Website - Ph: (281) 576-2213

Galveston

Galveston County is located in East Central Texas and is one of 13 counties in the Gulf Coast Region. Galveston County's 2017 population was 335,036. Galveston is the county seat. Other towns include Texas City, Bacliff and Friendswood. The Trade, Service, State and Local Government Sectors fuel county employment. Galveston County is best known for Galveston Island, a popular recreational and summer vacation spot. The average unemployment rate in Galveston County for January 2018 was 5.2 percent.

Population Establishments Employment Per Capita Income Land Area (sq mi)
335,036 6,010 154,458 $47,605 378
Economic Development Organizations
  • City of Santa Fe: Website - Ph: (409) 925-6412
  • City of Galveston: Website - Ph: (409) 797-3500
  • City of Kemah: Website - Ph: (281) 334-1611
  • City of Texas City: Website - Ph: (409) 948-3111
  • Galveston Economic Development Partnership: Website - Ph: (409) 770-0216
  • City of League City: Website - Ph: (281) 554-1000
  • City of Hitchcock: Website - Ph: (409) 986-5591
  • Galveston County Economic Development: Website - Ph: (409) 762-8621
  • La Marque Economic Development Corporation: Website - Ph: (409) 938-9200
  • Dickinson Economic Development Corp.: Website - Ph: (281) 337-6105
  • Hitchcock Industrial Development Corporation: Website - Ph: (409) 795-1974

Brazoria

Brazoria County is located in East Central Texas and is one of 13 counties in the Gulf Coast Region. Brazoria County's 2017 population was 362,457. Angleton is the county seat. Other towns include Pearland, Brazoria, Freeport and Lake Jackson. The Manufacturing, Trade, Service, Construction and Local Government Sectors fuel county employment. Brazoria County is home to chemical complexes, commercial fishing and a deepwater seaport. The average unemployment rate in Brazoria County for January 2018 was 5.2 percent.

Population Establishments Employment Per Capita Income Land Area (sq mi)
362,457 5,540 164,036 $43,842 1358
Economic Development Organizations
  • The Economic Development Alliance for Brazoria County: Website - Ph: (979) 848-0560
  • Pearland Economic Development Corp.: Website - Ph: (281) 997-3000
  • City of Alvin - Economic Development: Website - Ph: (281) 388-4281
  • City of Alvin: Website - Ph: (281) 388-4200

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