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South Texas Region

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General Population

2.4 million – 8.4 percent of the state’s total population. This represented an increase of 7.4 percent (about 169,000 people) since the 2010 Census.

Key Features / Landmarks

The Port of Brownsville is the only deepwater port on the U.S.-Mexico border

Port Corpus Christi gives fast access to the Gulf of Mexico and the inland waterway system

Nine Foreign Trade Zones allow goods to move without formal customs entry

Key Industries

Top 10 Industries by Location Quotient

Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing

Support Activities for Mining

Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing

Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping

Pipeline Transportation

Justice, Public Order, and Safety Activities

Support Activities for Transportation

Ambulatory Health Care Services

Oil and Gas Extraction

Museums, Historical Sites and Similar Institutions

Key Benefits


Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College
Texas A&M International University
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Junior & Community Colleges

Coastal Bend College
Del Mar College
Laredo College
South Texas College
Southwest Texas Junior College
Texas Southmost College
Texas State Technical College-Harlingen

Health Science Schools

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley – Medical School


Brownsville - South Padre Island International Airport

Corpus Christi Intl. Airport

Laredo International Airport

Harlingen - Rio Grende Valley Intl. Airport

Del Rio International Airport

McAllen-Miller International Airport

Valley International Airport

The Port of Corpus Christi

The Port of Laredo

Commercial traffic border crossings: 13

Hazardous Materials Crossings: 8

Area Overview

South Texas is home to the United States-Mexico border, which serves as a gateway to one of the most important economic corridors on the continent. This region offers four Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ) to facilitate cross-border trade in addition to two major ports at Brownsville and Corpus Christi. Major cities like Laredo, McAllen, San Antonio and Victoria are hotbeds for talent and emerging businesses. The South Texas region has both coastal and border characteristics. Its two economic centers are the cities of Laredo in Webb County and Corpus Christi in Nueces County. The region includes four metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs): the Brownsville-Harlingen MSA, the Corpus Christi MSA, the Laredo MSA, and the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission MSA. The region has a high concentration of public health, safety and education industries as well as certain petroleum-related industries which helps differentiate the South Texas region from others.

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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.

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