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Demographics

 A Desirable Demographic Profile

The Rio South Texas region has a desirable demographic profile. With a median age of 29 years and a robust population of young and increasingly college-educated and/or technically-skilled individuals, companies will be able to select the best and brightest from the cream of an internationally-inspired crop of workers.

The following demographic information is for the four counties of Starr, Willacy, Hidalgo and Cameron unless specifically stated otherwise.

Demographic Overview (2010)

Regional Population 1

1,264,091

Mexican Border Communities' Population 2

1,216,343
Households or Total Occupied Housing Units 1 358,876

 Average Household Size 1

3.4 Persons

 Median Age 3

29 yrs

 Owner-Occupied Homes 1

69.7%

 Total Owner-Occupied Housing Units 1

249,602

 Sources: 1 Census 2010 Demographic Profile; 2 Mexican Border Communities are Matamoros, Reynosa, and Rio Bravo; www.inegi.org.mx; 3 ESRI 2010 Demographic and Income Profile.

 

Historic and Projected Population Estimates (2000, 2010, 2015)

 

Rio South Texas

Texas

U.S.

2000 Population 1

978,369

20.8 Million

281.4 Million

2010 Population 2

1,264,091

 25.1 Million

308.67 Million

2015 Population 3 1,368,887 27.4 Million 323.2 Million
2000 to 2010 Growth Rate 29.2% 20.6% 9.7%
2000 to 2015 Growth Rate 39.9% 31.7% 14.9%

  Sources: 1 Census 2000; 2 Census 2010 Demographic Profile; 3 ESRI 2010 Demographic and Income Profile.

 

Income Level (2010)

 

Rio South Texas

Texas

U.S.

 Per Capita

$11,880

$24,031

$26,739

 Median Household Income 

$30,526

$51,960

$54,442

 Average Household Income

$40,972

$67,464

$70,173

Source: ESRI 2010 Demographic and Income Profile.

Household Income Distribution (2010)

 

 % Distribution of Households

 Annual Income

Households

Rio South Texas

Texas

U.S.

 Under $34,999

 198,242

 55.1%

32.0%

30.5%

 $35,000 - $49,999

 55,680

15.5%

 15.7%

 15.0%

 $50,000 - $74,999

62,876

17.5%

 21.5%

 21.6%

 $75,000 - $99,999

 21,041

5.9%

 12.8%

 14.1%

 $100,000 and Over

 21,527

6.0%

 18.1%

 18.8%

 Source: ESRI 2010 Demographic and Income Profile.

 

Racial and Ethnic Composition of Population (2010)

 

% Distribution of Population

Race / Ethnic Origin

Total

Rio South Texas

Texas

U.S.

Population Reporting One Race
1,246,881      

White

1,112,652

88.0%

70.4%

72.4%

Asian

10,440

0.8%

3.4%

4.4%

Black or African American

7,266

0.6%

11.6%

12.5%

American Indian or Alaska Native

4,417

0.3%

0.6%

0.9%

Multi-race / Other

112,106

8.9%

4.7%

9.7%

Population Reporting Two or More Races
17,210 1.4% 2.7% 2.9%

 Hispanic or Latino

1,137,587

90.0%

37.6%

16.3%

Source: Census 2010 Demographic Profile.

 No Worker Shortage Here

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) estimates that U.S. manufacturers will face a deficit of 10 million workers by 2020. There is a person turning 60 years of age every seven seconds in the United States, and in three years, 40 percent of the existing workforce will reach retirement age (Fortune Magazine, July 2006). According to the Employment Policy Foundation, if current population trends continue, the number of workers will only increase by 23 million nationwide, thus creating a 35 million worker shortage. 

Not so in the Rio South Texas region. The population is young and becoming increasingly educated. Rio South Texas can fill the need for skilled workers of the future.

Age Distribution of Population (2010)

 

 % Distribution of Population

Age Group

Total

Rio South Texas

Texas

U.S.

 Under 19 years

472,088

37.3%

30.4%

26.9%

 20 -24 years

89,582

7.1%

7.2%

7.0%

 25 -34 years

171,259

13.5%

14.4%

13.3%

 35 - 54 years

299,911

23.8%

27.4%

27.9%

 55 - 74 years

174,630

16.3%

16.3%

18.8%

 75 years and older

56,621

4.5%

4.5%

6.1%

 Source: Census 2010 Demographic Profile.

Median Age of Population

Rio South Texas 1

Texas 2

U. S. 2

29.0 yrs

33.6 yrs

37.2 yrs

 Source: 1 ESRI 2010 Demographic and Income Profile; 2 Census 2010 Demographic Profile.

 

Educational Attainment of Population over 25 Years of Age (2010)

 

% Distribution of Population

Years of School Completed

Total

Rio South Texas

Texas

U.S.

 Less than High School

278,935

39.9%

20.2%

14.8%

 High School

173,667

24.8%

26.6%

29.6%

 Some College

109,753

15.7%

21.0%

19.9%

 Associate's Degree

33,838

4.8%

6.6%

7.7%

 Bachelor's Degree

70,921

10.1%

17.1%

17.7%

 Graduate or Doctorate Degree

32,201

4.6%

8.4%

10.4%

 Source: ESRI 2010 Demographic and Income Profile.