Demographics

Population of Southeast Texas 

This region, Southeast Texas, enjoys a cumulative population of about 385,000 (according to the 2006 U.S. Census Estimates).

General Demographic Characteristrics: Jefferson, Orange and Hardin Counties

                   Estimates

Total Population

                     366,244

SEX AND AGE  
Male 176,507
Female 189,737
Under 5 Years 25,763
5 to 9 Years 25,870
10 to 14 Years 28,294
15 to 19 Years 28,445
20 to 24 Years 27,176
25 to 34 Years 38,515
35 to 44 Years 50,814
45 to 54 Years 56,117
55 to 59 Years 25,737
60 to 64 Years 12,374
65 to 74 Years 25,544
75 to 84 Years 16,835
85 Years and Over 4,760
 
 
 
Southeast Texas has a rich heritage made up of a blend of cultures. Each culture has contributed to the style of the area through its cuisine and dialect. The blend is richly unique and it all comes together in the region's appreciation for southern hospitality. 

Hispanic Origin and Race
Total Population 366,244
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 31,704
      Mexican 27,633
      Puerto Rican 206
      Cuban 0
      Other Hispanic of Latino 3,865
Not Hispanic or Latino 334,540
      White alone 232,445
Black or African American Alone            88,936
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone 1,287
Asian Alone 8,646
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander Alone 425
      Some other race alone 282
      Two or more races 2,519
Two races including some other race 0
Two races excluding some other race, and three or more races 2,519
 
                                           
Race
One race 363,490
Two or more races 2,754
   
Total population 366,244
One race 363,490
     White 255,318
     Black or African American 89,383
     American Indian and Alaska Native 1,287
     Asian 8,811
     Some other race 8,266
   
Two or more races 2,754
     White and Black or African American 0
     White and American Indian and Alaska Native 2,159
     White and Asian 0
     Black or African American, American Indian,     Alaska Native 360
Yearly Growth Projections from 2000 Census              
Year

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Population

384,665

381,678

380,948

379,987

380,342

380,319

373,847

376,448

378,255

382,038

385,858

389,717

393,614

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

2023

2024

2025

 

397,550

401,525

405,541

409,596

413,692

417,829

422,007

426,227

430,489

434,794

439,142

443,534

447,969


Education

The Texas Education Association rates a number of the region’s local schools well above average.  There are any number of opportunities for area residents to further their education through community colleges, universities, and private technical schools.  These opportunities enhance the future of the region’s workforce. 

Educational Attainment: Ages 25 and Over

Graduate or Professional Degree 5%
Bachelor's Degree 13%
Associate Degree 7%
Some College 22%
High School Graduate (including equivalency) 36%
Some high School 11%
Less than 9th Grade 6%
School Enrollment
Population 3 years and older enrolled in school 101,572
Nursery School, Preschool 10,089
Kindergarten 6,917
Elementary School (Grades 1-8) 41,159
High School (Grades 9-12) 22,106
College or Graduate School 21,301
 
 
Labor

The most recent labor statistics show Southeast Texas to record a higher unemployment rate than both the state and the U.S as a whole. There is an abundance of particularly skilled laborers that are prepared to work in many areas of industry. Local training facilities are readily accessible to continue to train and educate employees to fulfill the employment needs of Southeast Texas.
 
Most Recent Area Employment Statistics

Labor Force

Employment

Unemployment

Rate

United States 155,200,000 142,628,800 12,571,200 8.10%
Texas 11,775,125 10,994,351 780,774 6.60%
Southeast Texas 181,356 165,882 15,474 8.50%

Top 10 Employers                                        

Southeast Texas Workforce
Development Area 2008
 

Greater Beaumont Chamber
of Commerce
 

1) Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas
2) CB&I Constructors
3) Christus Health
4) Conex International
5) Exxon Mobil
6) Motiva
7) Retail Investors of Texas
8) Signal International
9) Texas Home Health
10) Wal-Mart Associates

    1) Entergy Texas 
    2) Capital One Bank 
    3) United State Infrastructure Corp. 
    4) Christus Hospital 
    5) Becon Construction 
    6) Beaumont Independent School District 
    7) Exxon Mobil 
    8) Conn’s 
    9) Lamar University 
    10) Baptist Hospital

                
Housing

The Southeast Texas housing market is currently one of the strongest in the country. Home values have remained relatively constant and have been laregly unaffected by the rise in foreclosures.
 
Home Ownership
Southeast Texas 70.68%
State of Texas  63.80%

Income
Household Income
Personal Income ($Millions) $10,939
Per Capita $28,726