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Gov't Size in Texas Counties - 2012

Gov't Size in Texas Counties - 2012

-- by David Swink, FCTA, 07/28/2014

FCTA has been appalled by the cost of government. In Virginia, we have compared the 134 local governing jurisdictions (96 counties and 38 cities) strictly by the percentage of each population devoted to government, testing the proposition that "body count" might be an indicator of local government "efficiency". Virginia counties and cities averaged 3.95 percent.

We wanted to then check the results for Maryland (a very blue state) and Texas (a very red state), to see if there is some political correlation. The table below shows the results for Texas, whose government "body count" for its 254 counties averaged 4.22 percent of the population.

Finding: With average local government "efficiency" in VA at 3.95%, MD at 4.17%, and TX at 4.22% -- a mere 0.27% variation -- we have not found this "body count" metric to be a major cost driver. So one must instead watch how those public servants are spending your money.

 TxLoc:County: Locality     2012 Pop(Est)  GenGov + Safety + School = TotGov  PctGov 
 Tx001:AndeCo: Anderson Co        58,080      265      268    1,355    1,888   3.25%
 Tx003:AndrCo: Andrews Co         16,137      477       84      529    1,090   6.75%
 Tx005:AngeCo: Angelina Co        87,488      999      471    3,013    4,483   5.12%
 Tx007:AranCo: Aransas Co         23,847      214      124      550      888   3.72%
 Tx009:ArchCo: Archer Co           8,714       72       44      320      436   5.00%
 Tx011:ArmsCo: Armstrong Co        1,948       21       11       80      112   5.75%
 Tx013:AtasCo: Atascosa Co        46,423      522      233    1,453    2,208   4.76%
 Tx015:AustCo: Austin Co          28,653      190      143      876    1,209   4.22%
 Tx017:BailCo: Bailey Co           7,111      232       57      258      547   7.69%
 Tx019:BandCo: Bandera Co         20,586       97      119      424      640   3.11%
 Tx021:BastCo: Bastrop Co         74,791      327      368    2,143    2,838   3.79%
 Tx023:BaylCo: Baylor Co           3,620      183       23      112      318   8.78%
 Tx025:BeeCo:  Bee Co             32,501      304      115    1,016    1,435   4.42%
 Tx027:BellCo: Bell Co           323,536    2,318    1,836   11,901   16,055   4.96%
 Tx029:BexaCo: Bexar Co        1,785,787   20,326    9,663   46,832   76,821   4.30%
 Tx031:BlanCo: Blanco Co          10,673       55       43      259      357   3.34%
 Tx033:BordCo: Borden Co             612       21        4       49       74  12.09%
 Tx035:BosqCo: Bosque Co          18,107      100       75      514      689   3.81%
 Tx037:BowiCo: Bowie Co           93,022      588      505    3,140    4,233   4.55%
 Tx039:BrzaCo: Brazoria Co       324,295    2,031    1,466    9,256   12,753   3.92%
 Tx041:BrzsCo: Brazos Co         200,400    1,815    1,170    4,265    7,250   3.62%
 Tx043:BrewCo: Brewster Co         9,254       83       71      285      439   4.74%
 Tx045:BrisCo: Briscoe Co          1,543       29        4       35       68   4.41%
 Tx047:BrooCo: Brooks Co           7,175      104       68      298      470   6.55%
 Tx049:BrowCo: Brown Co           37,841      519      227    1,093    1,839   4.86%
 Tx051:BurlCo: Burleson Co        17,316      124       79      504      707   4.08%
 Tx053:BurnCo: Burnet Co          43,556      345      337    1,096    1,778   4.08%
 Tx055:CaldCo: Caldwell Co        38,701      208      220      867    1,295   3.35%
 Tx057:CalhCo: Calhoun Co         21,609      193      148      648      989   4.58%
 Tx059:CallCo: Callahan Co        13,533       87       41      482      610   4.51%
 Tx061:CameCo: Cameron Co        415,551    3,267    2,306   15,979   21,552   5.19%
 Tx063:CampCo: Camp Co            12,486       58       30      420      508   4.07%
 Tx065:CarsCo: Carson Co           6,127      129       23      232      384   6.27%
 Tx067:CassCo: Cass Co            30,177      308      130    1,116    1,554   5.15%
 Tx069:CastCo: Castro Co           8,177      166       41      340      547   6.69%
 Tx071:ChamCo: Chambers Co        36,095      463      141    1,022    1,626   4.50%
 Tx073:CherCo: Cherokee Co        51,154      287      248    1,334    1,869   3.65%
 Tx075:ChilCo: Childress Co        7,078      300       63      220      583   8.24%
 Tx077:ClayCo: Clay Co            10,537      205       19      335      559   5.31%
 Tx079:CochCo: Cochran Co          3,030       93       25      204      322  10.63%
 Tx081:CokeCo: Coke Co             3,223      188       13      104      281   8.72%
 Tx083:ColeCo: Coleman Co          8,680      285       41      303      629   7.25%
 Tx085:ColnCo: Collin Co         834,674    4,611    3,234   20,588   28,433   3.41%
 Tx087:ColwCo: Collingsworth Co    3,022       60       18      134      212   7.02%
 Tx089:ColoCo: Colorado Co        20,687      144      118      599      861   4.16%
 Tx091:ComlCo: Comal Co          114,590      734      683    3,305    4,722   4.12%
 Tx093:ComnCo: Comanche Co        13,734      310      113      385      808   5.88%
 Tx095:ConcCo: Concho Co           4,024       66       21       77      164   4.08%
 Tx097:CookCo: Cooke Co           38,726      586      230    1,334    2,150   5.55%
 Tx099:CoryCo: Coryell Co         76,850      637      256    1,744    2,637   3.43%
 Tx101:CottCo: Cottle Co           1,482       37        6       55       98   6.61%
 Tx103:CranCo: Crane Co            4,573      102       36      188      326   7.13%
 Tx105:CrocCo: Crockett Co         3,732      168       39      150      357   9.57%
 Tx107:CrosCo: Crosby Co           6,102       68       30      298      396   6.49%
 Tx109:CulbCo: Culberson Co        2,293       63       32       96      191   8.33%
 Tx111:DalmCo: Dallam Co           7,021       59       59      341      459   6.54%
 Tx113:DalsCo: Dallas Co       2,453,907   29,247   16,936   58,916  105,099   4.28%
 Tx115:DawsCo: Dawson Co          13,653      368       69      590    1,027   7.52%
 Tx117:DeafCo: Deaf Smith Co      19,368      281      107      657    1,045   5.40%
 Tx119:DeltCo: Delta Co            5,323       41       29      179      249   4.68%
 Tx121:DentCo: Denton Co         708,050    3,195    2,642   15,181   21,018   2.97%
 Tx123:DewiCo: DeWitt Co          20,461      459       73      952    1,484   7.25%
 Tx125:DickCo: Dickens Co          2,332       21       12       99      132   5.66%
 Tx127:DimmCo: Dimmit Co          10,481      258       63      497      818   7.80%
 Tx129:DonlCo: Donley Co           3,602      131       24      231      386  10.72%
 Tx131:DuvaCo: Duval Co           11,623      451      141      477    1,069   9.20%
 Tx133:EastCo: Eastland Co        18,397      274      100      936    1,310   7.12%
 Tx135:EctoCo: Ector Co          144,609    2,091      846    3,978    6,915   4.78%
 Tx137:EdwaCo: Edwards Co          1,968       29       24      143      196   9.96%
 Tx139:ElliCo: Ellis Co          153,806      598      766    4,823    6,187   4.02%
 Tx141:ElpaCo: El Paso Co        828,600    7,598    4,706   25,958   38,262   4.62%
 Tx143:EratCo: Erath Co           39,554      385      183      872    1,440   3.64%
 Tx145:FallCo: Falls Co           17,606      130      110      515      755   4.29%
 Tx147:FannCo: Fannin Co          33,755      168      149      991    1,308   3.87%
 Tx149:FayeCo: Fayette Co         24,706      270      120      657    1,047   4.24%
 Tx151:FishCo: Fisher Co           3,845      126       14      134      274   7.13%
 Tx153:FloyCo: Floyd Co            6,350      185       37      272      494   7.78%
 Tx155:FoarCo: Foard Co            1,307       54        6       49      109   8.34%
 Tx157:FortCo: Fort Bend Co      625,853    1,792    2,077   12,293   16,162   2.58%
 Tx159:FranCo: Franklin Co        10,643       73       39      264      376   3.53%
 Tx161:FreeCo: Freestone Co       19,483      120       82      668      870   4.47%
 Tx163:FrioCo: Frio Co            17,776      105       43      586      734   4.13%
 Tx165:GainCo: Gaines Co          18,393      370       40      742    1,152   6.26%
 Tx167:GalvCo: Galveston Co      301,092    2,599    1,894   11,948   16,441   5.46%
 Tx169:GarzCo: Garza Co            6,388       51       51      191      293   4.59%
 Tx171:GillCo: Gillespie Co       25,144      385      115      651    1,151   4.58%
 Tx173:GlasCo: Glasscock Co        1,260       13        4       54       71   5.63%
 Tx175:GoliCo: Goliad Co           7,346       79       39      209      327   4.45%
 Tx177:GonzCo: Gonzales Co        20,015      434       82      677    1,193   5.96%
 Tx179:GrayCo: Gray Co            22,955      184      145      665      994   4.33%
 Tx181:GrsnCo: Grayson Co        121,679      966      663    3,619    5,248   4.31%
 Tx183:GregCo: Gregg Co          122,741    1,129      868    3,916    5,913   4.82%
 Tx185:GrimCo: Grimes Co          26,742      141      103      673      917   3.43%
 Tx187:GuadCo: Guadalupe Co      139,873    1,240      655    2,953    4,848   3.47%
 Tx189:HaleCo: Hale Co            36,294      372      217    1,193    1,782   4.91%
 Tx191:HallCo: Hall Co             3,296       37       18      167      222   6.74%
 Tx193:HamiCo: Hamilton Co         8,311      264       22      253      539   6.49%
 Tx195:HansCo: Hansford Co         5,522      227       23      244      494   8.95%
 Tx197:HrdmCo: Hardeman Co         4,066      202       42      173      417  10.26%
 Tx199:HrdnCo: Hardin Co          55,177      240      176    1,734    2,150   3.90%
 Tx201:HarsCo: Harris Co       4,253,963   32,602   21,768  111,675  166,045   3.90%
 Tx203:HarnCo: Harrison Co        67,208      280      334    2,219    2,833   4.22%
 Tx205:HartCo: Hartley Co          6,165       16       10       66       92   1.49%
 Tx207:HaskCo: Haskell Co          5,871      122       25      184      331   5.64%
 Tx209:HaysCo: Hays Co           169,013    1,310      888    4,855    7,053   4.17%
 Tx211:HempCo: Hemphill Co         4,077      152       27      179      358   8.78%
 Tx213:HendCo: Henderson Co       78,939      392      318    2,108    2,818   3.57%
 Tx215:HidaCo: Hidalgo Co        805,975    5,672    3,343   30,027   39,042   4.84%
 Tx217:HillCo: Hill Co            35,106      163      225    1,394    1,782   5.08%
 Tx219:HockCo: Hockley Co         23,150      125      122    1,499    1,746   7.54%
 Tx221:HoodCo: Hood Co            52,171      265      258    1,054    1,577   4.94%
 Tx223:HopkCo: Hopkins Co         35,424      696      177    1,051    1,924   5.43%
 Tx225:HousCo: Houston Co         23,184      142      109      576      827   3.57%
 Tx227:HowaCo: Howard Co          35,454      588      198    1,220    2,006   5.66%
 Tx229:HudsCo: Hudspeth Co         3,339       64       53      169      286   8.57%
 Tx231:HuntCo: Hunt Co            87,056    1,320      471    2,282    4,073   4.68%
 Tx233:HutcCo: Hutchinson Co      21,907      180      150      874    1,204   5.50%
 Tx235:IrioCo: Irion Co            1,577       36       16       59      111   7.04%
 Tx237:JackCo: Jack Co             8,980      143       60      250      453   5.04%
 Tx239:JaknCo: Jackson Co         14,252      257       83      494      834   5.85%
 Tx241:JaspCo: Jasper Co          35,881      270      133    1,113    1,516   4.23%
 Tx243:JefdCo: Jeff Davis Co       2,314       10       12       91      113   4.88%
 Tx245:JeffCo: Jefferson Co      251,306    2,622    1,750    6,458   10,830   4.31%
 Tx247:JimhCo: Jim Hogg Co         5,261      100       48      158      316   6.01%
 Tx249:JimwCo: Jim Wells Co       41,670      322      253    1,279    1,854   4.45%
 Tx251:JohnCo: Johnson Co        153,341      867      765    4,796    6,428   4.19%
 Tx253:JoneCo: Jones Co           19,905      524       80      544    1,148   5.77%
 Tx255:KarnCo: Karnes Co          14,873      196       61      419      676   4.55%
 Tx257:KaufCo: Kaufman Co        106,686    1,017      465    3,053    4,535   4.25%
 Tx259:KendCo: Kendall Co         35,968      283      178    1,201    1,662   4.62%
 Tx261:KeneCo: Kenedy Co             434        5        4       26       35   8.06%
 Tx263:KentCo: Kent Co               843       23        3       49       75   8.90%
 Tx265:KerrCo: Kerr Co            49,826      264      342    1,094    1,700   3.41%
 Tx267:KimbCo: Kimble Co           4,547       47       28       96      171   3.76%
 Tx269:KingCo: King Co               278       18        3       38       59  21.22%
 Tx271:KinnCo: Kinney Co           3,594       50       45      100      195   5.43%
 Tx273:KlebCo: Kleberg Co         32,114      332      245      977    1,554   4.84%
 Tx275:KnoxCo: Knox Co             3,770      138       19      168      325   8.62%
 Tx277:LamaCo: Lamar Co           49,881      248      203    1,786    2,237   4.48%
 Tx279:LambCo: Lamb Co            13,929      126       87      566      779   5.59%
 Tx281:LampCo: Lampasas Co        20,146      127       85      609      821   4.08%
 Tx283:LasaCo: La Salle Co         7,104       50       43      222      315   4.43%
 Tx285:LavaCo: Lavaca Co          19,476      372       98      338      808   4.15%
 Tx287:LeeCo:  Lee Co             16,593      115       80      505      700   4.22%
 Tx289:LeonCo: Leon Co            16,789       83       87      587      757   4.51%
 Tx291:LibeCo: Liberty Co         76,349      338      335    2,303    2,976   3.90%
 Tx293:LimeCo: Limestone Co       23,601      327      188      787    1,302   5.52%
 Tx295:LipsCo: Lipscomb Co         3,451       59       20      168      247   7.16%
 Tx297:LiveCo: Live Oak Co        11,669      109       89      331      529   4.53%
 Tx299:LlanCo: Llano Co           19,148      145      121      371      637   3.33%
 Tx301:LoviCo: Loving Co              78        8        4        0       12  15.38%
 Tx303:LubbCo: Lubbock Co        285,998    4,941    1,905    6,056   12,902   4.51%
 Tx305:LynnCo: Lynn Co             5,777      146       26      281      453   7.84%
 Tx307:MccuCo: McCulloch Co        8,303      209       48      328      585   7.05%
 Tx309:McleCo: McLennan Co       239,542    2,153    1,436    6,812   10,401   4.34%
 Tx311:McmuCo: McMullen Co           730       30       11       41       82  11.23%
 Tx313:MadiCo: Madison Co         13,717       81       55      337      473   3.45%
 Tx315:MariCo: Marion Co          10,320       56       34      214      304   2.95%
 Tx317:MartCo: Martin Co           5,023      135       23      174      332   6.61%
 Tx319:MasoCo: Mason Co            4,027       59       15      113      187   4.64%
 Tx321:MataCo: Matagorda Co       36,580      505      228    1,217    1,950   5.33%
 Tx323:MaveCo: Maverick Co        55,432      457      337    2,480    3,274   5.91%
 Tx325:MediCo: Medina Co          46,871      482      150    1,410    2,042   4.36%
 Tx327:MenaCo: Menard Co           2,230       65       15       80      160   7.17%
 Tx329:MidlCo: Midland Co        146,786    2,308      828    3,607    6,743   4.59%
 Tx331:MilaCo: Milam Co           24,130      166      130      714    1,010   4.19%
 Tx333:MillCo: Mills Co            4,846       46       12      209      267   5.51%
 Tx335:MitcCo: Mitchell Co         9,337      230       52      301      583   6.24%
 Tx337:MonaCo: Montague Co        19,584      414       91      575    1,080   5.51%
 Tx339:MontCo: Montgomery Co     484,790    1,979    2,034   11,504   15,517   3.20%
 Tx341:MoorCo: Moore Co           22,373      452      134      801    1,387   6.20%
 Tx343:MorrCo: Morris Co          12,801       60       59      406      525   4.10%
 Tx345:MotlCo: Motley Co           1,195       19        7       27       53   4.44%
 Tx347:NacoCo: Nacogdoches Co     65,808      994      290    1,925    3,209   4.88%
 Tx349:NavaCo: Navarro Co         48,077      367      277    1,938    2,582   5.37%
 Tx351:NewtCo: Newton Co          14,240       73       54      365      492   3.46%
 Tx353:NolaCo: Nolan Co           14,906      412       96      566    1,074   7.21%
 Tx355:NuecCo: Nueces Co         347,594    3,027    2,091    9,884   15,002   4.32%
 Tx357:OchiCo: Ochiltree Co       10,660      278       90      382      750   7.04%
 Tx359:OldhCo: Oldham Co           2,050       43       20      215      268  13.07%
 Tx361:OranCo: Orange Co          82,988      633      466    2,434    3,533   4.26%
 Tx363:PaloCo: Palo Pinto Co      27,883      561      155      723    1,439   5.16%
 Tx365:PanoCo: Panola Co          24,018      161      120      754    1,035   4.31%
 Tx367:ParkCo: Parker Co         119,626      557      427    2,926    3,910   3.27%
 Tx369:ParmCo: Parmer Co          10,168      131       51      492      674   6.63%
 Tx371:PecoCo: Pecos Co           15,589      292      121      515      928   5.95%
 Tx373:PolkCo: Polk Co            45,737      212      210    1,087    1,509   3.30%
 Tx375:PottCo: Potter Co         122,413    2,033    1,133    5,727    8,893   7.26%
 Tx377:PresCo: Presidio Co         7,506      123       44      347      514   6.85%
 Tx379:RainCo: Rains Co           10,962       71       57      362      490   4.47%
 Tx381:RandCo: Randall Co        125,022      157      408    1,163    1,728   1.38%
 Tx383:ReagCo: Reagan Co           3,481      156       31      179      366  10.51%
 Tx385:RealCo: Real Co             3,371       36       15       46       97   2.88%
 Tx387:RedrCo: Red River Co       12,696       73       67      439      579   4.56%
 Tx389:ReevCo: Reeves Co          13,820      329      653      466    1,448  10.48%
 Tx391:RefuCo: Refugio Co          7,254      231       72      248      551   7.60%
 Tx393:RobsCo: Roberts Co            852       29        8       44       81   9.51%
 Tx395:RobnCo: Robertson Co       16,493      200      111      594      905   5.49%
 Tx397:RockCo: Rockwall Co        83,028      383      369    2,511    3,263   3.93%
 Tx399:RunnCo: Runnels Co         10,425      233       56      382      671   6.44%
 Tx401:RuskCo: Rusk Co            54,013      269      226    1,197    1,692   3.13%
 Tx403:SabiCo: Sabine Co          10,429      139       33      298      470   4.51%
 Tx405:SanaCo: San Augustine Co    8,850       68       46      262      376   4.25%
 Tx407:SanjCo: San Jacinto Co     27,083       76       81      621      778   2.87%
 Tx409:SanpCo: San Patricio Co    65,268      782      293    2,431    3,506   5.37%
 Tx411:SansCo: San Saba Co         6,016      233       20      181      434   7.21%
 Tx413:SchlCo: Schleicher Co       3,256       93       15      131      239   7.34%
 Tx415:ScurCo: Scurry Co          17,117      296      100      599      995   5.81%
 Tx417:ShacCo: Shackelford Co      3,368       47       22      138      207   6.15%
 Tx419:ShelCo: Shelby Co          25,977      141      110      998    1,249   4.81%
 Tx421:SherCo: Sherman Co          3,057      107       14      145      266   8.70%
 Tx423:SmitCo: Smith Co          214,617    1,523    1,200    6,021    8,764   4.08%
 Tx425:SomeCo: Somervell Co        8,624      129       50      297      476   5.52%
 Tx427:StarCo: Starr Co           61,669      696      367    3,049    4,112   6.67%
 Tx429:StepCo: Stephens Co         9,439      209       60      274      543   5.75%
 Tx431:SterCo: Sterling Co         1,183       26        8       52       86   7.27%
 Tx433:StonCo: Stonewall Co        1,470      144       18       47      209  14.22%
 Tx435:SuttCo: Sutton Co           3,939      121       24      167      312   7.92%
 Tx437:SwisCo: Swisher Co          7,880       71       38      294      403   5.11%
 Tx439:TarrCo: Tarrant Co      1,881,445   15,205   11,612   49,057   76,274   4.05%
 Tx441:TaylCo: Taylor Co         133,984    1,021      890    3,180    5,091   3.80%
 Tx443:TerlCo: Terrell Co            924       51        7       50      108  11.69%
 Tx445:TeryCo: Terry Co           12,614      362       96      468      926   7.34%
 Tx447:ThroCo: Throckmorton Co     1,609       45        0       68      113   7.02%
 Tx449:TituCo: Titus Co           32,640      726      172    1,558    2,456   7.52%
 Tx451:TomgCo: Tom Green Co      113,494      816    1,044    2,570    4,430   3.90%
 Tx453:TravCo: Travis Co       1,096,246   13,949    7,878   23,207   45,034   4.11%
 Tx455:TrinCo: Trinity Co         14,258      191       67      399      657   4.61%
 Tx457:TyleCo: Tyler Co           21,456      209       79      657      945   4.40%
 Tx459:UpshCo: Upshur Co          40,005      124      166    1,237    1,527   3.82%
 Tx461:UptoCo: Upton Co            3,271      185       48      163      396  12.11%
 Tx463:UvalCo: Uvalde Co          26,726      609      145    1,304    2,058   7.70%
 Tx465:ValvCo: Val Verde Co       48,693      494      263    1,437    2,194   4.51%
 Tx467:VanzCo: Van Zandt Co       52,407      229      206    1,525    1,960   3.74%
 Tx469:VictCo: Victoria Co        89,325    1,825      709    2,830    5,364   6.01%
 Tx471:WalkCo: Walker Co          68,458      646      320    1,014    1,980   2.89%
 Tx473:WallCo: Waller Co          44,376      196      174    1,273    1,643   3.70%
 Tx475:WardCo: Ward Co            10,887      135      105      319      559   5.13%
 Tx477:WashCo: Washington Co      33,943      266      177    1,864    2,307   6.80%
 Tx479:WebbCo: Webb Co           259,211    2,269    1,764   10,708   14,741   5.69%
 Tx481:WharCo: Wharton Co         41,150    1,010      254    1,907    3,171   7.71%
 Tx483:WheeCo: Wheeler Co          5,622      240       32      242      514   9.14%
 Tx485:WichCo: Wichita Co        131,488    1,465      837    3,425    5,729   4.37%
 Tx487:WilbCo: Wilbarger Co       13,235      309       82      804    1,195   9.03%
 Tx489:WilcCo: Willacy Co         22,094      163      109      716      988   4.47%
 Tx491:WilmCo: Williamson Co     456,359    1,868    1,456   13,495   16,819   3.69%
 Tx493:WilsCo: Wilson Co          44,396      394      133    1,272    1,799   4.05%
 Tx495:WinkCo: Winkler Co          7,345      150       65      250      465   6.33%
 Tx497:WiseCo: Wise Co            60,387      409      251    1,392    2,052   3.40%
 Tx499:WoodCo: Wood Co            42,157      177      174      996    1,347   3.20%
 Tx501:YoakCo: Yoakum Co           8,060      272       89      358      719   8.92%
 Tx503:YounCo: Young Co           18,299      443      106      640    1,189   6.50%
 Tx505:ZapaCo: Zapata Co          14,273      220      141      540      901   6.31%
 Tx507:ZavaCo: Zavala Co          11,973      152       58      466      676   5.65%

 Tx000:AllCo:   254 Counties  26,060,796  235,658  142,555  720,473 1,098,686  4.22%

 Tx000:State:  State Gov't    26,060,796  123,103   50,351  137,095  310,549   1.19%

  NOTE: All jobs are "Full-Time Equivalent Employment"
        "Safety" includes Police, Fire, Corrections, and Judicial

Helpful reference: American FactFinder Deep Linking Guide -- Version 2.6, March 22, 2013