Big Spring, TX

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Population

37,911

0.624% growth

Poverty Rate

13.8%


Median Age

36.7


Median Household Income

$51,084

0.264% decline

Number of Employees

15,062

0.353% growth

Median Property Value

$88,700

4.85% growth

About

In 2017, Big Spring, TX had a population of 37.9k people with a median age of 36.7 and a median household income of $51,084. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Big Spring, TX grew from 37,676 to 37,911, a 0.624% increase and its median household income declined from $51,219 to $51,084, a -0.264% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Big Spring, TX are White (Non-Hispanic) (50.4%), White (Hispanic) (32.8%), Some Other Race (Hispanic) (6.16%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.99%), and Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (1.97%). N/A% of the people in Big Spring, TX speak a non-English language, and 91% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Big Spring, TX are Howard College (561 degrees awarded in 2017) and Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (24 degrees).

The median property value in Big Spring, TX is $88,700, and the homeownership rate is 68.2%. Most people in Big Spring, TX commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Big Spring, TX is 2 cars per household.

Big Spring, TX borders Midland, TX and Lamesa, TX.

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COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Big Spring, TX employs 15.1k people. The largest industries in Big Spring, TX are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,232 people), Retail Trade (1,685 people), and Educational Services (1,469 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($62,033), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($54,158), and Utilities ($53,846).

Median household income in Big Spring, TX is $51,084. Males in Big Spring, TX have an average income that is 1.41 times higher than the average income of females, which is $45,959. The income inequality in Big Spring, TX (measured using the Gini index) is 0.482, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$51,084

2017 value

± $2,142

-0.264%

1 Year Growth

± 5.72%

Households in Big Spring, TX have a median annual income of $51,084, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $51,219 in 2016, which represents a -0.264% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$64,953

Average Male Salary

± $716

$45,959

Average Female Salary

± $514

In 2017, full-time male employees in Texas made 1.41 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $64,947 ± $2,196

  2. White

    $52,072 ± $505

  3. American Indian

    $45,538 ± $7,571

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Texas workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.25 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Big Spring, TX is from Texas.

0.482

2017 Wage GINI

0.482

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Texas was 0.482 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.139% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Texas was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Texas in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Big Spring, TX was Rockwall County, TX with a value of $100,595, followed by Collin County, TX and Fort Bend County, TX, with respective values of $96,051 and $91,931.

The following map shows all of the counties in Big Spring, TX colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Big Spring, TX (4.51k out of 32.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females < 5 and then Females 45 - 54.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    3,423 ± 391

  2. Hispanic

    2,149 ± 311

  3. Black

    569 ± 246

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Big Spring, TX is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

15.1k

2017 Value

± 833

0.353%

1 Year growth

± 7.67%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Big Spring, TX grew at a rate of 0.353%, from 15k employees to 15.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Big Spring, TX, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,026 people), Management Occupations (1,501 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,380 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Big Spring, TX.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Big Spring, TX, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,026 people), Management Occupations (1,501 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,380 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Big Spring, TX has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.48 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.84 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.48 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Big Spring, TX, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($85,938), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($78,030), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($72,813).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

15.1k

2017 Value

± 833

0.353%

1 Year growth

± 7.67%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Big Spring, TX grew at a rate of 0.353%, from 15k employees to 15.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Big Spring, TX, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,232 people), Retail Trade (1,685 people), and Educational Services (1,469 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Big Spring, TX, though some of these residents may live in Big Spring, TX and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Big Spring, TX, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,232 people), Retail Trade (1,685 people), and Educational Services (1,469 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Big Spring, TX has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (18 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.91 times), and Utilities (2.03 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Big Spring, TX, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($62,033), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($54,158), and Utilities ($53,846).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Texas to other states, or from other states to Texas.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $290B

  2. $217B

  3. $175B

In 2015, the top outbound Texas product (by dollars) was Fuel oils with $290B, followed by Gasoline ($217B) and Mixed freight ($175B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Texas products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$2.15T

2020 Value

$2.8T

Projected 2045 Value

30.2% growth

In 2020, total outbound Texas trade was $2.15T. This is expected to increase 30.2% to $2.8T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Texas trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Texas to other states, or from other states to Texas.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $97.1B

  2. $59.6B

  3. $38.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Texas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Louisiana with $97.1B, followed by Oklahoma with $59.6B and California and $38.4B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Texas shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

83.5% of the population of Big Spring, TX has health coverage, with 46.3% on employee plans, 13% on Medicaid, 9.97% on Medicare, 12.5% on non-group plans, and 1.79% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Big Spring, TX was $6,998 in 2014. This is a 5.06% increase from the previous year ($6,661).

Primary care physicians in Big Spring, TX see 1670 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.12% decrease from the previous year (1672 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1790 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1012 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Cass County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.5%). Additionally, Angelina County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,670 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Texas see an average of 1,670 patients per year. This represents a 0.12% decrease from the previous year (1,672 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$6,998

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,696

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,273

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,895

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Texas (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.06%, from $6,661 to $6,998.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

16.5%

Uninsured

46.3%

Employer Coverage

13%

Medicaid

9.97%

Medicare

12.5%

Non-Group

1.79%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Big Spring, TX declined by 4.85% from 17.3% to 16.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Big Spring, TX changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14.5% prevalence

  2. 14.4% prevalence

  3. 14.3% prevalence

Cass County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Texas, at 14.5%.

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Diversity

Big Spring, TX is home to a population of 37.9k people, from which 91% are citizens. As of 2017, 11% of Big Spring, TX residents were born outside of the country (4.17k people).

In 2017, there were 1.54 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (19.1k people) in Big Spring, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 12.4k White (Hispanic) and 2.34k Some Other Race (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Big Spring, TX was 36.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Big Spring, TX are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Big Spring, TX residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

11%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

4.17k people

9.38%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

3.53k people

As of 2017, 11% of Big Spring, TX residents (4.17k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Big Spring, TX was 9.38%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    2,547,886 ± 37,324 people

  2. India

    231,271 ± 11,757 people

  3. El Salvador

    200,904 ± 10,964 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Texas was Mexico, the natal country of 2,547,886 Texas residents, followed by India with 231,271 and El Salvador with 200,904.

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Citizenship

91%

2017 Citizenship

92.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 91% of Big Spring, TX residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Big Spring, TX was 92.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Big Spring, TX

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    19.1k ± 166

  2. White (Hispanic)

    12.4k ± 481

  3. Some Other Race (Hispanic)

    2.34k ± 426

In 2017, there were 1.54 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (19.1k people) in Big Spring, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 12.4k White (Hispanic) and 2.34k Some Other Race (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Big Spring, TX as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    977 ± 169

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    360 ± 139

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    288 ± 109

Big Spring, TX has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.71 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Big Spring, TX awarded 585 degrees. The student population of Big Spring, TX is skewed towards women, with 1,700 male students and 2,656 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Big Spring, TX are Hispanic or Latino (266 and 46.4%), followed by White (263 and 45.9%), Black or African American (29 and 5.06%), and Two or More Races (11 and 1.92%).

The largest universities in Big Spring, TX by number of degrees awarded are Howard College (561 and 95.9%) and Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (24 and 4.1%).

The most popular majors in Big Spring, TX are General Studies (233 and 39.8%), General Business (40 and 6.84%), and General Cosmetology (36 and 6.15%).

The median tuition costs in Big Spring, TX are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 233 degrees awarded

  2. 32 degrees awarded

  3. 26 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Big Spring, TX was General Studies with 233 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Big Spring, TX according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 561 degrees awarded

  2. 24 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Big Spring, TX institution with the largest number of graduating students was Howard College with 561 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

205

Degrees Awarded to Men

380

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 205 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Big Spring, TX, which is 0.539 times less than the 380 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    266 degrees awarded

  2. White

    263 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    29 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Big Spring, TX were to Hispanic or Latino students. These 266 degrees mean that there were 1.01 times more Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 263 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Big Spring, TX was $88,700 in 2017, which is 0.386 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $84,600 to $88,700, a 4.85% increase. The homeownership rate in Big Spring, TX is 68.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Big Spring, TX have an average commute time of 18.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Big Spring, TX is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$88,700

2017 Median

± $6,823

$84,600

2016 Median

± $5,364

In 2017, the median property value in Big Spring, TX grew to to $88,700 from the previous year's value of $84,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Big Spring, TX compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Big Spring, TX the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Household Income

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$51,084

Median Household Income

± $2,142

11.5k

Number of Households

± 671

In 2017, the median household income of the 11.5k households in Big Spring, TX declined from $51,084 from the previous year's value of $51,219.

The following chart displays the households in Big Spring, TX distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Big Spring, TX distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Big Spring, TX the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

68.2%

2017 Homeownership

66.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 68.2% of the housing units in Big Spring, TX were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 66.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Big Spring, TX compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

18.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Big Spring, TX have a shorter commute time (18.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.97% of the workforce in Big Spring, TX have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80%

  2. Carpooled

    15.3%

  3. Walked

    1.73%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Big Spring, TX was Drove Alone (80%), followed by those who Carpooled (15.3%) and those who Walked (1.73%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Big Spring, TX distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Big Spring, TX have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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