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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 2010 population was 28,417. 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 2011 was 8.2 percent.

Population Establishments Employment Per Capita Income Land Area (sq mi)
28,847 583 22,021 $26,206 646.51

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 2010 population was 585,375. 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 2011 was 7.3 percent.

Population Establishments Employment Per Capita Income Land Area (sq mi)
652,365 10,259 435,379 $33,343 861.48

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 U.S. Census 2013 population estimate of 68,817. Walker county is home to the cities of Huntsville, New Waverly, and Riverside. The average unemployment rate in Walker County for 2013 was 6.4 percent.

Population Establishments Employment Per Capita Income Land Area (sq mi)
68,817 937 11,231 $16,346 784.17

Waller

Waller County is located in East Central Texas and is one of 13 counties in the Gulf Coast Workforce Region. Waller County's 2010 population was 43,205. 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 2011 was 8.2 percent.

Population Establishments Employment Per Capita Income Land Area (sq mi)
45,213 675 33,749 $22,524 513.43

Montgomery

Montgomery County is located in East Central Texas and is one of 13 counties in the Gulf Coast Region. Montgomery County's 2010 population was 455,746. 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 2011 was 7.2 percent.

Population Establishments Employment Per Capita Income Land Area (sq mi)
499,137 9,674 346,423 $32,660 1,041.74

Harris

Harris County is one of 10 counties in the Houston region, which is located on the upper Gulf coastal plain of Texas. Harris County's population as of July 1, 2013 was 4,336,853, the largest county in Texas by population. Houston is the county seat. Other towns include Pasadena, Baytown and Bellaire. The Manufacturing, Trade, Service, Local Government, Transportation & Warehousing and Construction Sectors fuel county employment. Harris County is home of Houston, the largest city in Texas, the fourth largest in the nation. The average unemployment rate in Harris County for 2011 was 8.2 percent.

Population Establishments Employment Per Capita Income Land Area (sq mi)
4,336,853 93,718 3,079,828 $27,780 1,703.48

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 2010 population was 26,801. 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 2011 was 9.6 percent.

Population Establishments Employment Per Capita Income Land Area (sq mi)
26,801 181 1,026 $21,453 569.24

Liberty

Liberty County is located in East Central Texas and is one of 13 counties in the Gulf Coast Region. Liberty County's 2010 population was 75,643. 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 2011 was 10.6 percent.

Population Establishments Employment Per Capita Income Land Area (sq mi)
76,907 1,046 58,850 $20,114 1,158.42

Chambers

Chambers County is located in East Central Texas and is one of 13 counties in the Gulf Coast Region. Chambers County's 2010 population was 35,096. 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 2011 was 9.3 percent.

Population Establishments Employment Per Capita Income Land Area (sq mi)
36,812 535 25,739 $30,310 597.14

Galveston

Galveston County is located in East Central Texas and is one of 13 counties in the Gulf Coast Region. Galveston County's 2010 population was 291,309. 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 2011 was 9.1 percent.

Population Establishments Employment Per Capita Income Land Area (sq mi)
306,782 5,299 227,203 $30,804 378.36

Brazoria

Brazoria County is located in East Central Texas and is one of 13 counties in the Gulf Coast Region. Brazoria County's 2010 population was 313,166. Angleton is the county seat. Other towns include Brazoria, Clute, 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 2011 was 8.6 percent.

Population Establishments Employment Per Capita Income Land Area (sq mi)
330,242 4,993 236,481 $29,042 1,357.70

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