Gulf Coast Region

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General Population

7+ million – 25 percent of the state’s total population. This represented an increase of about 19 percent (more than 1 million people) since the 2010 Census.

Key Features / Landmarks

Sam Houston State University

Galveston Wharves and Port of Galveston

Moody Gardens

Matagorda Bay


Key Industries

Top 10 Industries by Location Quotient

Oil and Gas Extraction

Pipeline Transportation

Space Research and Technology

Support Activities For Mining


Petroleum and Coal

Products Manufacturing

Water Transportation

Chemical Manufacturing

Support Activities for Transportation

Machinery Manufacturing

Key Benefits


Houston Baptist University
Prairie View A&M University
Rice University
Sam Houston State University
South Texas College of Law Houston
Texas Southern University
University of Houston
University of Houston-Clear Lake
University of Houston-Downtown
University of St. Thomas

Junior & Community Colleges

Alvin Community College
Brazosport College
College of the Mainland Community College District
Galveston College
Houston Community College – Central Campus
Houston Community College – Northeast Campus
Houston Community College – Northwest College
Houston Community College – Southwest College
Lee College
Lone Star College – Cy-Fair
Lone Star College – Kingwood
Lone Star College – Montgomery
Lone Star College – North Harris
Lone Star College – Tomball
Lone Star College – University Park
San Jacinto College – Central Campus
San Jacinto College – North Campus
San Jacinto College – South Campus
San Jacinto Community College
Texas Chiropractic College
Texas State Technical College-Fort Bend
Wharton County Junior College

Health Science Schools

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Sam Houston State College of Osteopathic Medicine
University of Houston College of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston


George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)

Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport (LJN)

Scholes International Airport at Galveston (GLS)

Port of Houston

Port of Beaumont

Port of Texas City

Port of Port Arthur

Englewood Intermodal

BNSF Railway Co Pearland

Gulf Intermodal Services

Union Pacific Railroad Co

ASF Intermodal

Gulf Winds International

Area Overview

The 13-county Gulf Coast region covers about 13,900 square miles in eastern coastal Texas, stretching from Huntsville on the north to Matagorda Bay and Galveston along the Gulf Coast. The region includes one metropolitan statistical area (MSA), the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland MSA. The region’s economic center is the city of Houston in Harris County.

How We Help

We know Texas!

For more than 30 years our team members have helped companies expand or relocate to Texas. Either through regional groups or individual cities in Texas, our team members have spent their careers helping businesses move to and grow in Texas. Now we have come together on behalf of our partners to help you connect with a Texas community best suited to help you grow your business. We’ll take the time to get to know you and your project and then we’ll help you find the communities that could be a good fit for you and your business.

Texas Is Calling

Let our team get to know you and help guide you on your move or expansion into Texas. Register your project today with our team and let your trail drive to Texas begin.

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