Texas Rising May/June 2010

Small Texas Cities Grow at Rapid Pace

Texas’ Five Fastest-Growing Micropolitan Areas

Andrews, Texas, population 14,000, is the state’s fastest-growing “micropolitan areas,” which the U.S. Census Bureau defines as containing an urban core of at least 10,000 but less than 50,000. Andrews’ population grew 2.9 percent from July 2008 to July 2009.

Texas’ five fastest-growing micropolitans:
City Population
July 1, 2009
% Increase 2008-2009
Andrews 14,057 2.9%
Dumas 20,736 2.7%
Eagle Pass 53,203 2.6%
Mount Pleasant 30,206 1.9%
Rio Grande City-Roma 62,671 1.8%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Top 10 Texas Exports

In 2009, Texas exported manufactured goods totaling $153 billion. Computers and electronics accounted for the largest piece of the pie, making up $32 billion, or 21 percent of all exports.

Product Value 2000
(billions)
Value 2009
(billions)
Computers and Electronics $30.3 $32.1
Chemicals $15.4 $30.9
Machinery $13.2 $23.8
Petroleum and Coal $4.3 $21.4
Transportation $11.6 $14.4
Electrical, Appliances $4.9 $5.5
Fabricated Metal $3.9 $5.5
Primary Metal Goods $1.9 $4.9
Miscellaneous $1.5 $3.6
Processed Foods $2.6 $3.6

Source: “Trade Stats Express,”
Foreign Trade Division,
U.S. Census Bureau