- Between 2003 and 2013, the Southeast Region’s population grew 3%, which is lower than the state growth of 20% and the national growth of 9%.
- From 2003 to 2013, the per capita persona income growth in the region was 50%, which is greater than the Texas average of 46% and the U.S. average of 37%
- Personal income grew from $18.7 billion in 2003 to $28.8 billion in 2013
- Job growth in the region was 0.4%, which is significantly lower than the Texas average of 19.6% and the U.S. average of 4.7%
Challenge: Health Care Access
Demand for health care tends to increase with age, and the Southeast Region boasts a population with a median age over 4 years older than the rest of Texas. As the population in the region continues to age, the demand for health care professionals will only increase. However, while the rest of the state has seen an 11% increase in percentage of physicians per 100,000 residents, the Southeast Region has seen a 2% decline.
- The Southeast Region accounts for 59% of Texas’ forestry and logging
- Nacogdoches County is Texas’ largest blueberry producer
- With a crude oil capacity of 600,000 barrels a day, Motiva Port Arthur Refinery is the largest refinery in the U.S.
- The first major oil gusher occurred in 1901 at the Spindletop Hill South of Beaumont