- The Metroplex Region has 4.5 times as many people per square mile as the state average
- Between 2003 and 2013, the Metroplex Region’s population grew 21%, which is greater than the state growth of 20% and significantly larger than the national growth of 9%.
- From 2003 to 2013, the per capita persona income growth in the region was 38%, which is lower than the Texas average of 46% but higher than the U.S. average of 37%
- Personal income grew from $199 billion in 2003 to $332 billion in 2013, accounting for 29% of the state’s $1.16 trillion in 2013. The Metroplex region’s total personal income is greater than those of 36 states across the country.
- The Metroplex Region boasted the highest per capita personal income in the state by $2,800.
- Job growth in the region was 16.2%, which is lower than the Texas average of 19.6% but significantly greater than the U.S. average of 4.7%
- The region added more than 458,000 jobs from 2003 to 2013. Collins County led this expansion with its 68.5% job growth, which accounted for 30% of the region’s net new jobs.
- The 2013 regional average wages of $53,141 were high than the state average of $50,572.
- Naval Air State Forth Worth Joint Reserve Base
Challenge: Water Supply
Demand for water already exceeds available supply in much of the Metroplex Region. This fact could curb the economic and demographic growth in the booming region, given that estimates project a demand increase of nearly 82% from 2010 to 2060. Total water supplies are projected to decrease by 3% over the same period.
Some cities have responded with conservation efforts. Frisco, for example, recently won two awards for its innovation.
- Metroplex Region is the most populous economic region and the second most densely populated
- Corsicana’s Collin Street Bakery shipped more than a million fruitcakes to customers in 196 countries last year.