Data, Maps, and Reports
Central Texas Regional Data
Data is an essential component of a responsible policymaking process. The Capital Area Council of Governments specializes in the collection, analysis, and communication of data relevant to the dynamics influencing life in the Capital Area’s communities.
2014 American Community Survey
The 2014 American Community Survey 5-year estimates contain data for selected demographic, economic, housing, and social characteristics. These estimates are included for the Austin-Round Rock MSA and the counties in the CAPCOG region.
|Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area|
2014 Texas State Data Center Population Estimates
The 2014 Texas State Data Center population estimates contain data for the cities and counties in the CAPCOG region. The file also contains population growth from 2010 (The Decennial Census) to 2014 (Texas State Data Center) by number and percentage for the cities and counties in the CAPCOG region.
2010 Decennial Census
The 2010 Decennial Census contains data for selected demographic characteristics. The demographic characteristics include information on sex and age, population, race, ethnicity, households, housing occupancy, and housing tenure. These estimates are included for the Austin-Round Rock MSA and the counties in the CAPCOG region.
|Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area|
A selection of available data is provided below.
Economic Competitiveness Measures
- Metro Area Population Growth
- Population Growth by County
- Demographic Shift
- Job Growth
- Annual Earnings by Industry Sector
- Gross Regional Product
- College Attainment
- Patent Activity
- Cost of Living
- Commuting Patterns
People follow economic opportunity, and there is no region more economically dynamic than Central Texas. The Central Texas region benefits from extraordinary levels of population growth; Austin is the country’s third fastest-growing metropolitan area – by percent change – since 2000. Between 2000 and 2013, the population of the Austin metro increased more than 27 percent – from about 650,000 to nearly 837,000. The interactive graphic below allows for the comparison of population growth across the country’s different metro areas.
Aside from Travis County, Williamson County is projected to experience the greatest level of growth in the years ahead, adding almost 60,000 people between 2015 and 2020. Hays County is expected to add roughly half that number. Bastrop, Burnet, and Caldwell counties also are expected to experience rapid growth during the next five years.
Aside from Travis County, Williamson County is projected to experience the greatest level of growth in the years ahead, adding almost 60,000 people between 2015 and 2020. Hays County is expected to add roughly half that number. Bastrop, Burnet, and Caldwell counties also are expected to experience significant growth.
As overall population numbers rise in the Capital Area, the diversity of the region is growing as well. Most notably, the share of the population with a Hispanic ethnic background is forecast to rise from roughly one third of the population at present, to nearly one half by 2050. Those races/ethnicities the Texas State Data Center categorizes as other (e.g., Asian, Native American, multi-racial, etc.) are also forecast to grow in numbers.
The tremendous growth of the Austin metropolitan area is largely the result of the region’s remarkable economic resilience. Since 2001, the Austin region has gained more than 92,000 jobs - approaching the combined job growth of Raleigh/Durham and Nashville during this period. While communities such as Denver and San Jose are still struggling to fully recover from the recession, the Austin region is thriving.
Wage growth across the region generally has been strong in recent years. However, there is considerable variation in wage growth across industry sectors and counties. The interactive figure below shows how wages have changed in the region over time. Select an industry and choose the counties for which you want data to display, and the chart will update automatically.
The unemployment rate of the Austin region remains the envy of peer communities. At 4.2 percent – the 2014 average – unemployment in Austin is significantly below the national average and communities such as San Jose, Portland, Raleigh/Durham, Denver and Portland.
Austin’s dynamism is further reflected in the region’s growing economic output. In just the five years between 2008 and 2013, the gross regional product of the Austin region has jumped by about 17 percent. The GRPs of Portland and San Jose grew slightly faster, while those of Raleigh and Denver grew much slower.
In 2014, roughly 40 percent of Central Texas residents possessed a Bachelor’s degree or higher.
On a per capita basis, the Austin region produces more patents than almost any other region in the country. The Austin metro area produced nearly 2,700 patents in 2013.
Despite the region’s strong economic performance during the past decade, Austin remains rather affordable compared to other major metropolitan regions. Council for Community and Economic Research produces a cost-of-living index for metropolitan areas in the United States where the average cost of living across the country is set to 100. In 2014, the Austin metro’s Cost of Living Index value was 94.6, meaning that on average, a dollar in the rest of the country was worth $1.06 in Austin.
Central Texas is an increasingly integrated region that leverages the many assets of individual counties to deliver a compelling quality of life for residents while also providing a competitive business climate for employers. Today, many of the region’s workers cross a county line to reach their place of employment, giving Central Texas employers access to one of the world’s best workforces.