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This LibGuide has been designed to provide a comprehensive collection of links to publicly available health and health determinants data. While the emphasis is on the state of Texas, there are links to sites that cover all of the U.S.

Economic Data

Local Area Personal Income
Produced by: US Burea of Economic Analysis
Geographic coverage: County level
Dates of coverage: 1969 to current

Select: At the Web site, select one of the series titles first to specify the Detailed county annual table.

Includes: Personal income and population summary estimates; Detailed county annual income and employment tables by NAICS industry; Detailed county annual tables of income and employment by SIC industry, transfer payments, farm income and expenses; and Wage and salary summary estimates.

Other Information: This is an interactive Web site. At the final report, get definitions by clicking on the question mark next to each line.

Purchasing Power Profiles
Produced by: University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Geographic coverage: Census tractzip code, and MSA level
Dates of coverage: 2000 and 2002

Select: At the Web site, select one of the following: 1) Purchasing Power by Census Tracts for custom made printouts of purchasing power for 16 retail categories and data on the workforce population for any U.S. census tract; 2)Purchasing Power by ZIP Code for data on retail expenditures for 16 consumer areas, retail and business establishments, and the available workforce for all residential zip codes in the U.S.; 3) Purchasing Power Rankings for Top 100 Metro Areas for ZIP code rankings of each of the 16 retail expenditure categories for the 100 largest metro areas; 4) Free Geographic Databases for shapefiles and business, household, and workforce census databases to help map your area; 5) Maps of Purchasing Power for Food-at-Home and Apparel to download free maps of purchasing power for the top 100 metro areas in the U.S.; 6) Urban Markets Retail Sales Leakage/Surplus Drill Downs to show the difference between each metro neighborhood's purchasing power and estimated retail sales.

Includes: Spending for major retail expenditure categories, recognizing the density advantages of many lower-income central city neighborhoods that are typically ignored by national marketing firm data

Other Information: This is an interactive Web site.

Income Limits
Produced by: US Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Geographic coverage: MSA and county level
Dates of coverage: 1990 to current

Select: At the HUD site, select the year you would like to view. Click on Texas, then open the PDF file.

Includes: These reports show the income limits for housing assistance as set forth by Section 3 of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937. Assistance is based on a formula which defines low income and very low income. 

Other Information: Each MSA shown indicates 30% of median, very low income, and low income.

County, Zip Code, & Metro Business Patterns
Produced by: US Census Bureau
Geographic coverage: MSAcounty and zip code level
Dates of coverage: 1998 to 2004

Select: Enter either the state you want (for county), the zip code you want, or click on GO next to Metro Business Patterns.

Includes: Data is shown by North American Classification System categories with broad industry descriptions provided.

Other Information: You can change the year or do a comparison between different years or different geographies.

Quarterly Workforce Indicators
Produced by: US Census Bureau
Geographic coverage: MSA level
Dates of coverage: 2011 to current

Select: Metro area you want to view, the industry you want, and type of ownership. You can also specify age, gender, year, and quarter.

Includes: Statistics on employment, job creation, turnover, and earnings by industry, age and sex.

Other Information: Interactive database

Economic Census
Produced by: US Census Bureau
Geographic coverage: WDA and state level
Dates of coverage: Current data (Done every 5 years)



Select: Choose the Economic Census year or economic sector you are interested in.

Includes: Total Employment; Growth in Employment; Growth in hiring; Number of new hires; Jobs added by new and expanding businesses; Average monthly earnings for all workers; Growth in average monthly earnings for all workers; Average monthly earnings for new hires


Occupational Employment Statistics
Produced by: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Geographic coverage: Metropolitan Statistical Area level
Dates of coverage: 1997 to present


Last Updated: 12/08/23

Select: Select the MSA in Texas for which you would like data. Click on occupation category which you would like to view.

Includes: Number of persons estimated to be in that profession, median hourly wage, mean hourly wage, and mean annual wage.

Other Information: Click on the job code for a comparison to national data, other states, and other MSAs.