Community Profile

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Demographics & Population

Adult Education Level

Adult Education Level - Nacogdoches
  City County
High School Diploma or greater (population 25 years and over)  83.1% 80.4%
College (BA/BS) degree or greater 30.4% 24.9%
Graduate or Professional 14.1% 10.3%
SOURCE:  U.S. Census Bureau, 2009-2013, 5-Year American Community Survey


Education Attainment - Nacogdoches County
Highest Level 2014
No High School Diploma 19.4%
High School Diploma Only 28.9%
1 to 3 Years College 22.9%
Associate Degree 4.9%
Bachelors Degree 15.2%
Graduate Degree 8.7%
SOURCE: Decision Data Sources


Age Distribution

Age Distribution ( Percentage) - Nacogdoches County
Age Group (in Years) 2010 2015 2020
0-17 23.3% 25.4% 26.7%
18-34 20.1% 18.1% 17.6%
35-54 22.6% 22.4% 22.2%
55-64 22.1% 21.0% 19.0%
65+ 11.8% 13.1% 14.6%
SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau 2009-2013, 5-Year American Community Survey


Age Distribution (Numeric) - Nacogdoches County
Age Group (in Years) 2010 2015 2020
0-17 15,061 16,967 18,638
18-34 12,984 12,107 12,270
35-54 14,578 14,939 15,478
55-64 14,279 13,993 13,253
65+ 7,622 8,776 10,178
SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau 2009-2013, 5-Year American Community Survey


Change in Population by Age Group (2015-2020) - Nacogdoches County
Age Group (in Years) Number Percent
0-17 2,022 5.5%
18-34 661 1.6%
35-54 -24 -0.1%
55-64 378 2.4%
65+ 1,455 11.4%
SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau 2009-2013, 5-Year American Community Survey


Median Age - Nacogdoches County
Year Age
2000* 29.9
2010 29.8
2014 29.9
2019 31.3
SOURCE: *U.S. Census Bureau, Decision Data Source


Household Income

Average Household Income (Mean) — Nacogdoches Economic Market
Nacogdoches County $53,826
Angelina County $57,776
Cherokee County $52,916
Panola County $67,278
Rusk County $61,263
San Augustine County $43,623
Shelby County $54,120
SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau 2009-2013, 5-Year American Community Survey


Median Household Income — Nacogdoches County
Year Amount
2010 $33,182
2014  $37,241
     Change 2010-2014 11.5%
SOURCE: Decision Data Resources


Household Income Distribution (2014) — Nacogdoches County
Households 24,932
Less than $35,000 47.4%
Between $35,000 and $75,000 30.3%
Greater than $75,000 22.3%
SOURCE: Decision Data Resources

Population and Growth

County 2014 2010 % Change
     Nacogdoches 66,863 64,524 3.6%
     Nacogdoches  33,868  32,996 2.9% 
Nacogdoches Economic Market 315,797 313,584 0.7%
     Angelina County 87,750 86,771 1.1%
     Cherokee County 50,902 50,845 0.1%
     Nacogdoches County 66,863 64,524 3.6%
     Panola County 23,796 23,796 -0.1%
     Rusk County 53,923 53,336 1.1%
     San Augustine County 8,610 8,864 -2.9%
     Shelby County 25,515 25,448 0.3%
SOURCE: U.S. Census Population Division, April 2010 to July 2014
Population Growth (1990-2019 Projected) — Nacogdoches County
Year Population
1990 54,752
2000  59,202
2010  64,524
2019  69,214
     Change 1990-2000 7.8%
     Change 2000-2010 8.6%
     Change 1990-2010 16.3%
     Change 2010-2019 7.0%
SOURCE: Decision Data Resources

Racial Diversity

Diversity — Nacogdoches County (2014) 
White 68.6%
Black/African-American 18.2%
Asian 1.2%
American Indian 0.6%
Other 11.4%
Hispanic or Latino 18.5%
Not Hispanic or Latino 81.5%
SOURCE: Decision Data Resources



Higher Education

Higher Education Institutions Serving Nacogdoches County
4-Year & Post Graduate Institution Location Founded Enrollment
Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches 1923 12,801
2-Year Institutions & Technical Schools Location Founded Enrollment
Angelina College Lufkin 1968 5,160
Panola College Carthage 1947 2,701
Nacogdoches County Career & Technical Center  Nacogdoches 2012  


Degrees Awarded (2013-14) — Stephen F. Austin State University

Program Bachelors Masters Doctorate
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations & Related Services 54 8  
Architecture & Related Services 16    
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 56  14  
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services 351  46  
Communication, Journalism & Related Services 72 6  
Computer & Information Sciences & Support Services 24    
Education   232  8
English Language & Literature/Letters 55  8  
Family & Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 109  15  
Foreign Languages, Literatrues & Linguistics 12 3  
 Health Professions & Related Programs 292  45  
History 34  5  
 Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting & Related Protective Services 50    
 Legal Professions & Studies 12    
Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies & Humanities  5    
Mathematics & Statistics 25  2  
 Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies  278 12  
 Natural Resources & Conservation  37 12  2
 Parks, Recreation, Leisure & Fitness Studies 165 28  
Philosophy & Religious Studies  2    
Physical Sciences 18  6  
 Psychology 75 15  3
 Public Administration & Social Services Professions 64 66  
 Social Sciences  55    
Visual & Performing Arts 150 26  
GRAND TOTAL DEGREES AWARDED IN 2013-14 2,011  549  13
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Educational Statistics (IPEDS)


Certificates & Degrees Awarded (2013-2014) — Angelina College

Program  Certificate Associate
< 1 Year 1-2 Year
Biological and Biomedical Sciences     0
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services 9 9 55
Communication, Journalism & Related Programs     5
Computer and Information Sciences & Support Services   5 11
Education     17
Engineering     1
Engineering Technology & Engineering Related Fields   30 26
English Language & Literature/Letters     1
Family & Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences   25 6
Health Professions & Related Programs   136 118
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting & Related Protective Services   60 16
Legal Professions & Studies     9
Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies & Humanities   76 40
Mathematics & Statistics     1
Mechanic & Repair Technologies/Technicians   25  
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies     7
Physical Sciences     0
Precision Production   24  6
Public Administration & Social Service Professions   15 14
Visual & Performing Arts   0 12
GRAND TOTAL 9 405 345
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Educational Statistics (IPEDS)


Certificates & Degrees Awarded (2013-2014) — Panola College

Program Certificate Associate
< 1 Year 1-2 Year
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services 10 11  7
Computer & Information Sciences & Support Services 23  
Education   1 12
Engineering Technology & Engineering Related Fields 147 76 72
Family & Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 3    
Health Professions & Related Programs 8 58 87
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting & Related Services   2  
Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies & Humanities   128 102
Personal & Culinary Services   39  
Precision Production 36 8  
Visual & Performing Arts   2  1
GRAND TOTAL 227 325 287
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Educational Statistics (IPEDS)


Public Secondary Schools

Summary of Public Schools — Nacogdoches County (2013-2014)
Total Number of Public Schools 29
Expenditure per Pupil (County Average) $6,101
Elementary Schools 11
Middle Schools 10
High Schools 8
High School Enrollment - Total 2,991
SOURCE: Texas Education Agency


Public School Districts in Nacogdoches County (2013-2014)
District Enrollment Grad. Rate Comp. ACT
Central Heights ISD 1,128 94.0%  20.8
Chireno ISD 375  100.0% 20.0
Cushing ISD 505  97.9% 20.9
Douglass ISD 427  100.0% 23.8
Etoile ISD 151  -  -
Garrison ISD 747 93.0%  20.9
Martinsville ISD 375 100.0%   17.7
Nacogdoches ISD 6,501  83.9% 20.1
Woden ISD 778 92.9%  19.3

SOURCE: Texas Education Agency

Private Secondary Schools

Regents Academy 

  • 200 NE Stallings Drive, Nacogdoches, TX 75961, (936) 559-7343
  • Pre-K through 12th grade


Christ Episcopal School 

  • 1428 N Mound St, Nacogdoches, TX 75961, (936) 564-0621
  • Pre-K through 6th grade


Fredonia Hill Baptist Academy

  • 1711 South Street, Nacogdoches, TX, (936) 564-4472
  • Pre-K through 6th grade


Nacogdoches Christian Academy 

  • 211 SE Stallings Dr, Nacogdoches, TX 75964, (936) 462-1021
  • Pre-K through 6th grade



Nacogdoches, Texas, the county seat of Nacogdoches County, is a vital transportation, business, university and tourism center located in East Texas and the Texas Forest Country. 
Nacogdoches is situated 120 miles north of Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport on US-59 (the future Interstate 69), a dual lane, divided highway that connects Houston with I-20 at Longview. Nacogdoches is also served by Union Pacific Railroad
Historic Nacogdoches, the Oldest Town in Texas, is also a college town, the home of Stephen F. Austin State University. In addition to being an educational and regional medical hub, Nacogdoches County ranks 8th out of 254 Texas counties in agricultural production.
The Nacogdoches Economic Market consists of 7 counties with a population of more than 300,000 people living within 35 miles of downtown Nacogdoches.


Financial Institutions

Over the decades, Nacogdoches has managed to develop a diverse economic base, while still maintaining the charm and individuality of a small town built around locally-owned and operated businesses. The community combines the best of both worlds for businesses and employees — a small town atmosphere with the growth opportunities of a large city.


Austin Bank
3120 North Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
(936) 559-5500
Bancorp South-Fredonia
2400 North Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
(936) 564-6191
Citizens 1st Bank
3010 N. University Drive
Nacogdoches, TX 75965
(936) 560-1401
Commercial Bank of Texas, N.A.
215 East Main Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
(936) 715-4100
First Bank & Trust-East Texas
1009 N. University Drive
PO Box 63111
Nacogdoches, TX 75963
(936) 559-5100
Huntington State Bank
4822 North Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75965
(936) 462-8800
Regions Bank
300 East Main Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
(936) 715-6100

Financial Services

Axley & Rode, LLP Certified Public Accountants
420 North Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
(936) 569-9518 
Bancorp South Insurance Services / Joe Max Green Insurance Concepts
3310 North University Drive
Nacogdoches, TX 75965
(936) 564-0221
Edward Jones Investments / Steven W Barber
777 East Austin
Nacogdoches, TX 75965
(936) 560-2702
Edward Jones Investments / Gregg W Nichols
2708 North University Drive, Suite 102
Nacogdoches, TX 75965
(936) 560-1264
Smith & Partners Financial Services, LLC
4635 NE Stallings Drive, Suite 101
Nacogdoches, TX 75965
(936) 560-9993



City of Nacogdoches

The City of Nacogdoches has a council/manager form of government, whereby the elected City Council sets policies for the operation of municipal government. The administrative responsibility of the city rests with the City Manager, who is appointed by the City Council. The City Council consists of five members: a mayor (elected at-large) and four council members.
PO Box 635030, 75963
202 E Pilar St, Nacogdoches, TX 75961
(936) 559-2501
  • Mayor Roger Van Horn    
  • Mike Keller, Northwest Ward
  • Shelley Brophy, Northeast Ward
  • Roy Boldon, Southeast Ward
  • David Norton, Southwest Ward
Jim Jeffers
PO Box 635030, 75963
202 E Pilar St, Nacogdoches, TX 75961
(936) 559-2501

Nacogdoches County

The Nacogdoches County government is administered by a Commissioner's Court system. The five-member court is comprised of the county judge and four commissioners. The commissioners are elected by precinct, and the county judge is elected at-large. The court is responsible for setting the county's annual tax rate, approving the tax roll and supervising all expenditures of county money. The court is also responsible for issuing bonds to finance capital improvements. 

101 W Main, Suite 170
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
(936) 560-7755 
  • County Judge Mike Perry, (936) 560-7755
  • Jerry Don Williamson (Precinct 1 Commissioner), (936) 560-7709
  • Jerry Stone (Precinct 2 Commissioner), (936) 560-7784
  • Jim Elder (Precinct 3 Commissioner), (936) 560-7756
  • Elton Milstead (Precinct 4 Commissioner), (936) 560-7738

State & National

Greg Abbott (R)
State Capitol, Room 200
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 463-0001 / 1-800-252-9600
Senator Robert Nichols (R), District 3
PO Box 12068, Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0103
Nacogdoches Office:
202 E Pilar, Room 208, Nacogdoches, TX 75961
(936) 564-4252
Representative Travis Clardy (R), 11th District
PO Box 2910, Austin, TX 78711
State Capitol Office: E2.316
(512) 463-0592
Nacogdoches Office:
202 E Pilar, Room 310, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961
(936) 560-3982
John Cornyn (R)
517 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-2934
East Texas Office:
100 E Ferguson Street, Suite 1004, Tyler, TX 75702
(903) 593-0902
Ted Cruz (R)
185 Dirksen Senate Office Building SBD-40B, Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5922
East Texas Office:
305 S Broadway, Suite 501, Tyler, TX 75702
(903) 593-5130
Louie Gohmert (TX-01) (R)
2440 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3035
East Texas Office:
1121 ESE Loop 323, Suite 206, Tyler, TX 75701
(903) 561-6349

Towns in Nacogdoches County



Labor Force

 Texas is a Right-to-Work state.


Commuting Patterns

Where Employees Live (2011) — Nacogdoches City
Residence Location Percent
Total  100%
Nacogdoches City, TX 26.5%
Lufkin City, TX 3.7%
Houston City, TX 1.6%
Dallas City, TX 1.3%
Longview City, TX 0.7%
Fort Worth City, TX 0.7%
Garrison City, TX 0.6%
Hudson City, TX 0.5%
Cushing City, TX 0.5%
Appleby City, TX 0.4%
All Other Locations 63.5%
Total In-Commuting Non-Residents 73.5%
SOURCE: Decision Data Resources


Where Residents Work (2011) — Nacogdoches City
Employment Location Percent
Total  100%
Nacogdoches City, TX 53.5%
Lufkin City, TX 9.3%
Houston City, TX 3.4%
Center City, TX 1.6%
Tyler City, TX 1.5%
Longview City, TX 1.1%
Beaumont City, TX 0.8%
Rusk City, TX 0.8%
Jasper City, TX 0.7%
Garrison City, TX 0.6%
All Other Locations 26.8%
Total Out-Commuting Residents 46.5%
SOURCE: Decision Data Resources


Commutation (2013) — Nacogdoches County
Drive Time Category Percent
Workforce with under 15-minute commute, or who work at home 49.0%
Workforce with 15-to-29-minute commute 29.7%
Workforce with 30-59-minute commute 17.3%
Workforce with 60-minute or more commute 4.0%
SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau 2009-2013, 5-Year American Community Survey


Employee Earnings by Industry Sector

Average Annual Employee Earnings by Industry (2013) — Nacogdoches County
Occupational Group NAICS Earnings
Total    $39,053
Forestry, Fishing, Hunting, Agriculture Support 11 $30,438
Mining 21 $89,576
Utilities 22 $49,515
Construction 23 $44,510
Manufacturing 31 $38,883
Wholesale Trade 42 $41,253
Retail Trade 44 $26,322
Transportation & Warehousing 48 $39,095
Information 51 $46,899
Finance & Insurance 52 $46,483
Real Estate and Rental & Leasing 53 $37,561
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 54 $37,408
Management of Companies & Enterprises 55 $88,155
Administration & Support, Waste Mangement & Remediation 56 $24,524
Educational Services 61 $15,920
Healthcare and Social Assistance 62 $34,898
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 71 $9,937
Accommodation & Food Services 72 $13,312
Other Services (except public administration) 81 $27,583
SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (QCEW)


Employment by Industry

Establishment Employment by Industry (2013) — Nacogdoches County
Occupational Group Employment Percent
Total  17,171 100%
Forestry, Fishing, Hunting, Agriculture Support 366 1.8%
Mining 40 0.3%
Utilities 38 0.4%
Construction 980 1.0%
Manufacturing 2,935 1.5%
Wholesale Trade 818 0.9%
Retail Trade 2,789 1.1%
Transportation & Warehousing 124 0.2%
Information 150 0.3%
Finance & Insurance 680 0.7%
Real Estate and Rental & Leasing 269 0.8%
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 367 0.3%
Management of Companies & Enterprises 36 0.1%
Administration & Support, Waste Management and Remediation 1,259 0.9%
Educational Services 52 0.1%
Healthcare and Social Assistance 2,674 0.9%
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 129 0.4%
Accommodation & Food Services 2,519 1.3%
Other Services (except public administration) 458 0.7%
Public Administration 488 0.1%
SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (QCEW)


Employment by Occupation

Resident Employment by Occupation (2013) — Nacogdoches County
Occupational Group Employment Percent
Total  22,023 100%
Private 16,712 75.9%
Agriculture, Forestry, Hunting 366 1.7%
Mining 40 0.2%
Construction 1,028 4.7%
Manufacturing 2,935 13.3%
Wholesale Trade 818 3.7%
Retail Trade 2,789 12.7%
Transportation, Warehousing 212 1.0%
Utilities 79 0.4%
Information 150 0.7%
Finance & Insurance 680 3.1%
Real Estate, Rental/Leasing 269 1.2%
Professional, Technical Services 367 1.7%
Management of Companies, Enterprises 36 0.2%
Administrative, Waste Services 1,259 5.7%
Educational Services 52 0.2%
Healthcare, Social Assistance 2,673 12.1%
Arts, Entertainment, Recreation 129 0.6%
Accomodation & Food Services 2,519 11.4%
Other Services, Excluding Public Admin. 485 2.2%
Public Administration 683 3.1%
SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)


Employment Clusters

The Industry Cluster data tool helps the practitioner see networks of businesses that are creating wealth in their local or regional economy. The tool focuses on 17 clusters across the United States to provide a framework that is easy to understand.

A Location Quotient over 1.0 means that a region has a higher concentration of employment in a particular industry than the national average.

Industry Clusters — Nacogdoches County
Industry Location Quotient
Advanced Materials .73
Agribusiness, Food Processing & Technology 2.35
Apparel & Textiles .54
Arts, Entertainment, Recreation & Visitor Industries .97
Biomedical / Biochemical (Life Sciences) 1.21
Business & Financial Services .78
Chemicals & Chemical-based Products 1.27
Defense & Security .67
Education & Knowledge Creation .41
Energy (Fossil & Renewable) 1.46
Forest & Wood Products 3.27
Information Technology & Telecommunications .38
Transportation & Logistics .80
Manufacturing Supercluster: .78
     Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing .75
     Machinery Manufacturing .33
     Computer & Electronic Product Manufacturing .78
     Electrical Equipment, Appliance & Component Manufacturing 2.86
     Transportation Equipment Manufacturing .63
Printing & Publishing .67
SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Occupational Clusters — Nacogdoches County
Occupation Location Quotient
Managerial, Sales, Marketing and HR .76
Skilled Production Workers: Technicians, Operators, Trades, Installers & Repairers 1.03
Health Care and Medical Science (Aggregate) .99
Health Care and Medical Science (Medical Technicians) 1.07
Health Care and Medical Science (Therapy, Counseling and Rehabilitation) .96
Mathematics, Statistics, Data and Accounting .50
Legal and Financial Services, and Real Estate (L & FIRE) .81
Information Technology (IT) .36
Natural Sciences and Environmental Management .86
Agribusiness and Food Technology 2.88
Primary/Secondary and Vocational Education, Remediation & Social Services 1.21
Building, Landscape and Construction Design .90
Engineering and Related Sciences .33
Personal Services Occupations .76
Arts, Entertainment, Publishing and Broadcasting .68
Public Safety and Domestic Security 2.14
Postsecondary Education and Knowledge Creation .98
Technology-based Knowledge Clusters .59
SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


High-Knowledge Occupational Employment

Resident High-Knowledge Occupational Employment (2010) — Nacogdoches County
Occupational Group Employment Percent
Total  9,608 100%
Healthcare Practitioner/Technician 1,549 16.1%
Life/Physical/Social Science 298 3.1%
Architecture/Engineering 309 3.2%
Arts/Design/Entertainment/Sports/Media 645 6.7%
Business and Financial Operations 617 6.4%
Computer and Mathematical 298 3.1%
Education/Training/Library 3,009 31.3%
Legal 210 2.2%
Management, including Farmers/Farm Managers 2,674 27.8%
SOURCE: Nielsen-Claritas, Inc., U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Wadley-Donovan  GrowthTech

Labor Force Participation

Civilian Labor Force — Nacogdoches County
Year Number
2000 29,030
2010 32,276
March 2015 28,282
% Change 2010-2015 13%
SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (QCEW)
White & Blue Collar Occupational Distribution (2014) — Nacogdoches County
Occupational Group Employment Percent
Blue Collar 16,706 59%
White Collar 11,371 40%
SOURCE: Texas Wide Open
Labor Participation by Gender (2014) — Nacogdoches County
Gender Percent
Male 49.3%
Female 45.3%
Total 100.0%
SOURCE: Decision Data Resources


Labor Shed (60 Minutes)


The following is a Population & Demographics breakdown of the 60-Minute Labor Shed Profile for Nacogdoches County.

Population Growth (1980-2019 Projected) — 60 Minute Labor Shed
Year Population Percent
1980 436,030  
1990 481,638 10.5%
2000 539,268 12.0%
2010 586,206 8.7%
2014 602,427 2.8%
2019 Projected 629,327 4.0%
SOURCE: Decision Data Resources


Diversity (2014) — 60 Minute Labor Shed
White 71.1%
Black/African-American 17.7%
Asian 0.7%
American Indian 0.7%
Pacific Islander 0%
Other 9.7%
Hispanic or Latino 16.1%
Not Hispanic or Latino 83.9%
SOURCE: Decision Data Resources


Median Household Income (2014) — 60 Minute Labor Shed
Year Amount
2010  $33,003
2014* $42,243
2015  $34,502
Change 2010-2015 4.5%
SOURCE: *Decision Data Resources, Nielsen-Claritas, Inc., Wadley-Donovan GrowthTech, LLC
Household Income Distribution (2014) — 60 Minute Labor Shed
Households 222,868
Less than $35,000 42.1%
Between $35,000 and $75,000  32.8%
Greater than $75,000 25%
SOURCE: Decision Data Resources

Educational Attainment — 60 Minute Labor Shed

Highest Level 2014
No High School Diploma 19.9%
High School Diploma Only 33.4%
1 to 3 Years College 23.9%
Associate Degree 6.3%
Bachelors Degree 11.3%
Graduate Degree 5.1%
SOURCE: Decision Data Resources


Age Distribution (by Percentage) —  60 Minute Labor Shed

Age Group (in Years) 2014
0-17 23.6%
18-34 23.5%
35-54 24.6%
55-64 12.4%
65-74 8.9%
75 and Over 6.9%
SOURCE: Decision Data Resources


Age Distribution (Numeric) — 60 Minute Labor Shed

Age Group (in Years) 2014
0-17 142,847
18-34 141,154
35-54 148,016
55-64 74,431
65-74 54,092
75 and Over 41,887
SOURCE: Decision Data Resources



Median Age — 60 Minute Labor Shed

Year Age
2014 37.4
SOURCE: Decision Data Resources


The following is a Labor Force breakdown of the 60-Minute Labor Shed Profile for Nacogdoches County.

Resident Employment by Occupation (2014) — 60 Minute Labor Shed
Occupational Group Employment Percent
Total  438,737 100%
Building & Grounds Maintenance 23,829 5.4%
Community & Social Services 7,998 1.8%
Constructions & Extraction 45,021 10.3%
Farming/Fishing/Forestry 1,566 0.4%
Food Preparation/Serving 30,058 6.9%
Healthcare Support 18,214 4.2%
Installation/Maintenance/Repair Workers 26,538 6.0%
Material Moving 15,903 4.0%
Office & Administrative Support 95,762 21.8%
Personal Care & Service 25,973 6.0%
Production Workers 41,450 9.4%
Protective Services 14,076 3.2%
Sales 70,770 16.1%
Transportation Workers 21,579 5.0%
SOURCE: Decision Data Resources

Civilian Labor Force — 60 Minute Labor Shed
In Armed Forces 0.10%
Employed 94.3%
Unemployed 5.6%
SOURCE: Decision Data Resources

White & Blue Collar Occupational Distribution (2014) — 60 Minute Labor Shed
Occupational Group Employment Percent
Blue Collar  245,993 40%
White Collar 375,209 60%
SOURCE: Decision Data Resources


Salaries by Occupation

Median Annual Salaries by Occupation (2015) — Nacogdoches County
 Occupation Description Median Salary
 Accounting Clerk, Intermediate Level $34,609
 General Clerk, Intermediate Level $28,261
 Call Center Representative II - inbound $27,553
 Customer Service Representative, Intermediate Level   $32,047
 Customer Service Representative, e-Commerce $29,202
 Electrician, Intermediate Level $46,063
 Computer Operator, Intermediate Level  $40,146
 Network Administrator, Intermediate Level $58,415
 Programmer, Intermediate Level  $60,750
 Fork Lift Operator  $28,631
 General Laborer  $25,204
 Operations Research Analyst, Intermediate Level  $51,388


Unions & Insurance

Workers' Compensation Insurance (2015) — Nacogdoches County
 Rate — Average Manufacturing $5.24
 Rate — Clerical Code 8810 $0.27
 Maximum Weekly Benefit Amount $855
 SOURCE: Texas Department of Insurance
State Unemployment Insurance (2015) — Nacogdoches County
 Unemployment Insurance Rate (Average Existing Employers) 0.51% - 7.41%
 Unemployment Insurance Rate (New Employers) 2.7%
 Unemployment Insurance Taxable Base $9,000
 Unemployment Insurance Maximum Weekly Benefit Amount $465
 SOURCE: US Department of Labor
State Labor Legislation — Texas
 Employment-at-Will legislation in effect? Yes
 Right-to-Work law in effect? Yes
 SOURCE: State of Texas, Wadley-Donovan  GrowthTech, LLC


 Union Elections — Nacogdoches County
 Year # of Elections Union Wins Union Losses # Certifications/
# Decertifications
 2015    No Union Elections Held  
 2014    No Union Elections Held  
 2013    No Union Elections Held  
 2012    No Union Elections Held  
 2011    No Union Elections Held  
 2010    No Union Elections Held  
Source: National Labor Relations Board, LRI, Wadley-Donovan GrowthTech, LLC


Wage & Benefits Survey

2013 Wage & Benefits Survey for Nacogdoches & Angelina Counties. The 2013 Wage & Benefit Survey was conducted to collect wage and benefit data for employers located in Nacogdoches & Angelina counties. The survey is comparable to similar studies conducted for Nacogdoches County in 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011.


Worker Training Programs

Work Opportunity Tax Credit is a federal tax credit used to reduce the federal tax liability of private-for-profit employers. Employers can hire from eight different targeted groups.  

Fidelity Bonding. The Texas Workforce Commission offers free fidelity bonding services designed to eliminate bonding as a barrier to employment and alleviate employer concerns about hiring "at-risk" job applicants. 
IRS Tax Credits. There are actually quite a few tax credits available to help businesses. 


Skills Development Fund.  A business, consortium of business, or a trade union identifies a training need, then partners with a public community or technical college to fill its specific needs. Businesses work with college partners to submit proposals, develop curricula and conduct training. The Skills Development Fund pays for the training, the college administers the grant, and businesses create new jobs and improve the skills of their workers.  Here's how it works.
A public community, technical college or the Texas Engineering Extension Service is the grant applicant, fiscal agent, and coordinator for the training executed under a Skills Development Fund Grant Project.
Skills Development Fund grants can cover tuition, curriculum development, instructor fees and training materials. Training includes:
  • Tailored curriculum.
  • Classes conducted at the employer's site or at the training provider's location.
  • Flexible class schedules to minimize impact to employers.
  • Addressing company needs in real time with real situations.

Project proposal submissions are accepted throughout the year. Projects typically are executed over a 12-month period.

Self-Sufficiency Fund

The Self-Sufficiency Fund Program, administered by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), assists businesses by designing, financing and implementing customized job training programs in partnership with public community and technical colleges, a higher education extension service, and community-based organizations for the creation of new jobs and/or the retraining of existing workforce. The goal of the Self-Sufficiency Fund is to assist recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), or a parent, including a noncustodial parent, whose annual wages are at or below $37,000, to obtain training, find jobs, and become independent of government financial assistance.

On-The-Job and Customized Training

Eligible employers must commit to hiring and retaining participants who successfully complete their training programs. Employers who have exhibited a pattern of not retaining participants are not allowed to continue participating in these types of training. The actual terms and duration of the training activities are formalized contractually after negotiations between the employer and the local program operator.

On-The-Job Training

Focused on jobs involving the introduction of new technologies, production or service procedures; upgrading to new jobs that require additional skills or workplace literacy; or other appropriate purposes identified by the Board.

  • OJT provides knowledge or skills essential to the full and adequate performance of the job.
  • The employer is reimbursed up to 50% of the wage rate of the individual for the extraordinary costs of providing the training and increased supervision related to the training.
  • OJT is limited in duration based upon the target occupation for which the participant is being trained, the participant’s prior work experience and the service strategy.

Customized Training is Training:

  • That is designed to meet the special requirements of an employer (including a group of employers).
  • That is conducted with a commitment by the employer to employ an individual on successful completion of the training.
  • For which the employer pays for not less than 50% of the cost of the training.
  • The employer can be in the public, private non-profit or private sector.


Local Media


Radio Stations

KLDN -- 88.9 FM Red River Radio (NPR)
National Public Radio, Louisiana State University
PO Box 5250, Shreveport, LA 71135
(318) 798-0102 / (800) 552-8502
KSAU -- 90.1 FM
College Radio, Stephen F Austin State University
PO Box 13048, Nacogdoches, TX 75962
(936) 468-4000

KSWP -- 90.9 FM  
Christian Contemporary Radio
151 Holmes Rd, Lufkin, TX 75904 
(936) 564-3691 / (800) 944-8443

KAVX -- 91.9 FM 
Christian Contemporary Radio 
151 Holmes Rd, Lufkin, TX 75904 
(936) 634-6661 

KFOX -- 95.5 FM  
Adult Contemporary Radio
1216 S First St, Lufkin, TX 75901   
(936) 639-5595

KJCS -- 103.3 FM "The Bull"
Country Radio
1407 N University Drive, Suite C, Nacogdoches, TX 75961  
(936) 564-2900

KYKS -- 105.1 FM
Country  Radio
1216 S First St, Lufkin, TX 75901
(936) 639-5957

KTBQ -- 107.7 FM    
Classic Rock
1216 S First St, Lufkin, TX 75901
(936) 639-1107

KSFA -- 860 AM
News Radio
1216 S First St, Lufkin, TX 75901
(936) 639-4455


Television Stations

2516 North Street, Nacogdoches, TX  75961
(936) 560-3428
358 TV Rd, Pollok, TX 75969
(936) 853-5873

4300 Richmond Rd, Tyler, TX 75701
(903) 581-5656

338 N University Dr, Nacogdoches, TX 75961
(936) 564-1911


Major Employers


Largest Employers in Nacogdoches County
Company Employees Industry Sector
Stephen F. Austin State University 1659  Higher Education
Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. 1657  Poultry Processing
Nacogdoches Independent School District 972  Education
Nacogdoches County Hospital District 874  Health Services
Etech Global Services 565  Communications
Nacogdoches Medical Center 545  Health Services
Wal-Mart Supercenter 473  Retail
City of Nacogdoches 323  Government
Nacogdoches County 291  Government
257  Specialty Transformer Manufacturing
NIBCO Inc. 250  Industrial Supplies Manufacturing
Aramark 214  Food Services
Cal-Tex Lumber Co. Inc. 192  Lumber Products/ Sawmill
Parker Hannifin Corp. 185  Chemical Products
TFP Nutrition
180  Animal Food Manufacturing
Drewery Construction 172 Construction and Tree Services
Bright Coop Inc. 168 Wholesale Poultry Supply Products
Elliott Electric Supply, Inc. 162 Wholesale Electrical Products
ForeTravel, Inc. 157  Motor Coach Manufacturing/Sales
R.R. Donnelley 150  Printing/Publishing
Central Heights Independent School District 147  Education
Clear Spring - Auntie Pasta's 130  Restaurant
Willowbrook Nursing Home 120  Health Services
Norbord Texas Nacogdoches Inc. 120  Panelboard Mill
Garrison Nursing Home 120  Health Services
Garrison ISD 111  Education
Morgan Oil Company 110  Oil
Cushing ISD 100  Education
Viper Security & Investigation, LLC 100  Security
Commercial Bank of Texas 100  Banking / Insurance
Stallings Court Nursing and Rehab 100 Health Services

SOURCE: NEDCO Employer Survey, March 2017




Medical resources and services available in Nacogdoches County are significantly greater than what would typically be found in a community of our size.

Two major hospitals – Nacogdoches Medical Center and Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital – form the foundation of the local medical community. In addition, the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Nursing is also located in Nacogdoches, as is The Blood Center East Texas.

Nacogdoches Medical Center

4920 NE Stallings Drive, Nacogdoches, TX 75961  
(936) 569-9481 

Nacogdoches Medical Center, part of Tenet Texas, is a 150-bed acute care hospital that has been serving the medical and health care needs of the Nacogdoches community for 30 years.

Nacogdoches Medical Center provides a broad spectrum of medical and surgical services, including cardiovascular services, emergency medical services, neurosciences, orthopedics, cancer services, Women’s and Children’s Center, Chest Pain Center, and a Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center.

The hospital also offers pulmonary services, sleep studies, and transfusion-free medicine. Nacogdoches Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. Nacogdoches Medical Center houses the Surgery Center of Nacogdoches on its campus to provide same day surgeries and diagnostic testing.
Nacogdoches Medical Center is a 2009, 2010 and 2011 recipient of the HealthGrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award. Medical Center also received Five-Star ratings from HealthGrades in 2010 and 2011 for "Coronary Bypass Surgery," as well as Five-Star ratings in 2007 for "Total Hip Replacement" and "Back and Neck Surgery (except Spinal Fusion)". 

Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital

1204 N. Mound Street, Nacogdoches, TX 75961
(936) 564-4611
Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital is the county hospital and provides a broad spectrum of medical and surgical services, including cardiac services, diabetes education, dietary, hemodialysis, home health, ICU/IMC, occupational health & rehabilitation services, radiology, surgery, Breast Care Center, Breast Cancer Support Group, and Women & Children. Memorial Hospital offers the following physician specialties: adult medicine, allergy, cardiology, cardiovascular, dentistry, dermatology, family medicine, family practice, gastroenterology, general surgery, hematology, internal medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, OB/GYN, obstetrics, oncology, ophthalmology, oral, orthopaedics, otolaryngology, pain management, pediatrics, physiatry, plastic surgery, podiatry, psychiatry, radiology, and urology.
Memorial Hospital received a HealthGrades Five-Star rating in 2008/2009 for "Maternity Care".

Stephen F. Austin State University School of Nursing 

5707 North Street, Nacogdoches, TX 75965  
(936) 468-7700 

The Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing admits 60 students each fall and spring semester based upon completion of prerequisites and attainment of admission criteria. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a baccalaureate nursing program and prerequisite courses are completed during the first two years of study. After acceptance into the program, students continue with nursing courses and clinical experience, leading to graduating with a BSN and passing state boards to receive the RN license. The baccalaureate program is accredited by the National League for Nursing and the Texas State Board of Nurse Examiners. 

Blood Center East Texas

3520 N. University Drive, Nacogdoches, TX 75965
(936) 560-3054

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center operates a facility in Nacogdoches on University Drive.


Quality of Life

Nacogdoches is the kind of community where you can grow a business, pursue a meaningful career, and raise a family all at the same time. Escape the high costs of living and operating a business in the big city and experience how life and work intersect just two hours north of Houston on US-59.


Certified Retirement Community

Nacogdoches was one of the first three communities in Texas to be recognized as a Certified Retirement Community.

The Austin Hills Retirement Community is located on the northwest side of the city of Nacogdoches, and the eagerly anticipated Timber Springs Retirement Community development is located on the northeast corner in the city of Nacogdoches.

For more information on retirement lifestyle and opportunities in Nacogdoches, visit the Texas Forest Country website.  


Average High Temperature (July) 93 F
Average Low Temperature (January) 37.2 F
Average Annual Rainfall (inches) 46.9
Average Annual Snowfall (inches) 0.2
Average Precipitation Days 97
Average Clear Days 215
SOURCE:, Wadley-Donovan GrowthTech, LLC


Cost of Living


Cost of Living Index  2015

Area: Index: 
New York ( Manhattan) NY 227.4
Honolulu HI 188.2
San Francisco CA 176.4
New York (Brooklyn) NY 173.2
Hilo HI 149.0
Orange County CA 148.6
Oakland CA 147.0
Stamford CT 146.9
Washington DC- Arlington VA 146.8
San Diego CA 144.8
Ft. Worth TX 102.8
Plano TX 100.8
Longview TX 98.7
San Angelo TX 98.6
Houston TX 98.2
Odessa TX 98.1
Nacogdoches TX 97.9
Midland TX 96.5
Dallas TX 96.1
Austin TX 96.0
Texarkana TX 95.4
Corpus TX 95.2
Tyler TX 93.9
Abilene TX 92.8
Waco TX 92.0
El Paso TX 91.3
Round Rock TX 91.0
Kileen TX  91.0
Conroe TX 90.9
Wichita Falls TX 89.8
Lubbock TX  88.6
San Antonio TX 87.3
San Marcus TX 86.9
Amarillo TX 86.0
Sherman-Denison TX 84.7
Memphis TN 84.5
Tupelo MS 84.2
Cookeville TN 84.2
Idaho Falls ID 83.2
Hattiesburg MS 83.2
Jackson MS 83.2
Youngstown-Warren OH 82.8
Ashland OH 82.3
Norman OK 81.5
Richmond IN 81.2
Brownsville TX 79.7
Harlingen TX 79.7
McAllen TX 78.3

 SOURCE: C2ER Cost of Living Index, 2015 Annual Average (published in January 2016)



Festivals & Annual Events

Nacogdoches is a year-round destination for arts and entertainment, recreation and shopping, as well as numerous special events that bring visitors back again and again. List of Annual Events & Festivals











Taxes & Incentives

Summary of Taxes

  • Personal Income Tax: an individual's total earnings from wages, investment interest, and other sources.
  • Corporate Income Tax: refers to a tax imposed on entities that are taxed at the entity level in a particular jurisdiction.
  • Corporate Franchise Tax: also called the “Margins Tax”; tax rate is 1% of margin for most taxable entities, and 0.5% for entities primarily engaged in retail and wholesale trades; Texas Comptroller has published detailed information on the revision in Revised Franchise Tax Overview as well as a Franchise Tax Calculator worksheet.
  • Sales & Use Tax: State 6.25%; tangible personal property and certain services; City 1%; Special Purpose District 1% (hospital); Combined Sales & Use Tax – 8.25%
  • Property Tax: 2016 City ($0.5928)  County ($0.6065)  For Taxation Summary List, see Nacogdoches Center Appraisal District. 
  • Inventory Tax: Questions concerning Inventory and Property Tax should be directed to the Nacogdoches Central Appraisal District, (936) 560-3447
  • Freeport Exemption. Freeport property qualifies for an exemption from ad valorem taxation only if it has been detained in the state for 175 days or less for the purpose of assembly, storage, manufacturing, processing or fabricating. The City of Nacogdoches offers a freeport exemption, but the County does not. For more information, contact the Nacogdoches Central Appraisal District
  • State Motor Fuels Tax: Gas ($0.20), Diesel ($0.20), Gasohol ($0.20)
  • Unemployment Compensation Tax: In 2011, the minimum UI tax rate of 0.78% is paid by nearly 213,000 employers (or nearly 63% of all experience-rated employers). An employer paying the standard minimum tax will pay $70.20 in tax per employee in CY 2011. The maximum UI rate of 8.25% is paid by only 2.2% of Texas experience-rated employers. The average UI tax rate for 2011 is 1.96%.  FAQ regarding Unemployment Taxes
  • Workers Compensation Insurance.
  • Hotel Occupancy Tax: 13% on charge for sleeping accommodations (6% state and 7% city) 
  • The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts collects more than 60 separate taxes, fees and assessments, including local sales taxes collected on behalf of more than 1,400 cities, counties and other local governments around the state.
  • Index of Frequently Asked Questions about Texas Taxes.

Nacogdoches Central Appraisal District
216 West Hospital Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
(936) 560-3447



Texas Incentive Programs

DISCLAIMER: The material contained in this Summary of State Incentives is provided for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as a commitment. Assumptions are based on creating jobs and providing a capital investment. Total jobs and capital investment have been included as eligible costs for the various incentive programs available. However, actual jobs and capital investment may vary from the assumptions made due to final determination of program eligibility and site location. 

Texas Enterprise Fund

The 78th Texas Legislature established the Texas Enterprise Fund to provide financial resources to help strengthen the state’s economy. The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and the Speaker of the House must unanimously agree to support the use of the Texas Enterprise Fund for each specific project. Projects that are considered for Enterprise Fund support must demonstrate a project’s worthiness, maximize the benefit to the State of Texas and realize a significant rate of return of the public dollars being used for economic development in Texas. Capital investment, job creation, wages generated, financial strength of the applicant, applicant’s business history, analysis of the relevant business sector, and federal and local government and private sector financial support of a project will all be significant factors in approving the use of the Enterprise Fund. 

Read more about the Texas Enterprise Fund.

Emerging Technology

The $200 million Texas Emerging Technology Program is designed to help Texas create jobs and grow the economy over the long-term by expediting the development and commercialization of new technologies and attracting and creating jobs in technology fields that will form the backbone of our economy.

The program will work through partnerships between the state, institutions of higher education and private industry to focus greater attention on the research, development and commercialization of emerging technology. The Emerging Technology Program is dedicated to three areas:

  1. Regional Centers of Innovation and Commercialization (RCICs)
    These centers will become concentrated with applied R&D activities, be incubators (including specialized workforce training) for startup firms and encourage expansion of existing companies resulting from commercializing their developments.
  2. Matching grant funds
    Applied technology research and development projects that accelerate commercialization into production and have a demonstrated ability to receive or have received federal grants or non-state grants may apply for matching dollars from the Emerging Technology Fund. Grants such as Small Business Innovation Research grants, Small Business Technology Transfer grants, etc.
  3. Attracting research talent
    The state will help Texas public universities attract highly renowned research teams from universities and institutions in other states.

Texas Enterprise Zone

Under the statewide cap of 105 projects per biennium, a community with less than 250,000 in population may have up to four enterprise projects. A community with 250,000 in population or greater may have up to six enterprise projects.Upon a community designating a business as an enterprise project, and upon that project’s designation being approved by the state, the business would be eligible for the following incentives:

State Sales and Use Tax Refunds:

Beginning September 1, 2007, an enterprise project is eligible for a refund for all state sales and use taxes paid and used at the qualified business site. The total amount of any refund will continue to be predicated on investment amount and number of jobs created/retained. The refund can be an amount ranging from a minimum of $2,500 per job to a maximum of $7,500 per job as follows:

  1. If project investment amount is greater than $40,000 and less than $400,000, then refund amount is $2,500 per job up to a maximum of 10 jobs created/retained;
  2. If project investment amount is equal to or greater than $400,000 and less than $1,000,000, then refund amount is $2,500 per job up to a maximum of 25 jobs created/retained;
  3. If project investment amount is equal to or greater than $1,000,000 and less than $5,000,000, then refund amount is $2,500 per job up to a maximum of 125 jobs created/retained;
  4. If project investment amount is equal to or greater than $5,000,000 and less than $150,000,000, then refund amount is $2,500 per job up to a maximum of 500 jobs created/retained;
  5. If project investment amount is equal to or greater than $150,000,000 and less $250,000,000, then refund amount is $5,000 per job up to a maximum of 500 jobs created/retained;
  6. If project investment amount is equal to or greater than $250,000,000, then refund amount is $7,500 per job up to a maximum of 500 jobs created/retained; Receipts for purchases of building materials and machinery and equipment and payroll information are required to be retained as part of the audit process.

(Note: All contracts should separate the costs for building materials and/or equipment from the costs of labor and services in order to be eligible.)The refund for sales and use tax must be for all eligible items for use at the qualified business site.

Texas Capital Fund Infrastructure

The Texas Capital Fund Infrastructure Program is an economic development tool designed to provide financial resources to non-entitlement communities.

Funds from this program can be utilized for public infrastructure (water, sewer, roads, etc.) needed to assist a business, which commits to create and/or retain permanent jobs, primarily for low and moderate-income persons. The minimum award is $50,000 and the maximum is $1 million. The award may not exceed 50 percent of the total project cost.

The Texas Department of Agriculture administers the Texas Capital Fund Program.

State Sales & Use Tax Exemptions

State Sales & Use Tax Exemptions

  • Manufacturing Machinery & Equipment
    Leased or purchased machinery, equipment, replacement parts, and accessories that have a useful life of more than six months, and that are used or consumed in the manufacturing, processing, fabricating, or repairing of tangible personal property for ultimate sale, are exempt from state and local sales and use tax. Texas businesses are exempt from paying state sales and use tax on labor for constructing new facilities. Texas businesses are exempt from paying state sales and use tax on the purchase of ma
  • Natural Gas & Electricity
    Texas companies are exempt from paying state sales and use tax on electricity and natural gas used in manufacturing, processing, or fabricating tangible personal property. The company must complete a “predominant use study” that shows that at least 50 percent of the electricity or natural gas consumed by the business directly causes a physical change to a product.
  • chinery exclusively used in processing, packing, or marketing agricultural products by the original producer at a location operated by the original producer.

Texas Capital Fund Real Estate Development

The Texas Capital Fund Real Estate Development Program is designed to provide financial resources to non-entitlement communities. Funds must be used for real estate development (acquisitions, construction and/or rehabilitation) to assist a business, which commits to create and/or retain permanent jobs, primarily for low and moderate-income persons.

This program encourages business development and expansions located in non-entitlement communities. The minimum award is $50,000 and the maximum is $1 million. The award may not exceed fifty percent (50%) of the total project cost. Funds are provided with no interest accruing and with payments based on a 20-year amortization schedule. Total Texas Capital Fund participation from both Infrastructure program and Real Estate Development program may not exceed $1 million.

The Texas Department of Agriculture administers the Texas Capital Fund Program.

Ad Valorem / Property Tax Exemption

Freeport Exemption

A community may choose to offer the Freeport Exemption for various types of goods that are detained in Texas for a short period of time. Freeport property includes goods, wares, merchandise, ores, and certain aircraft and aircraft parts.

Freeport property qualifies for an exemption from ad valorem taxation only if it has been detained in the state for 175 days or less for the purpose of assembly, storage, manufacturing, processing, or fabricating. For more information, please refer to Texas Constitution Article 8, Section 1-J and Administrative Code. The City of Nacogdoches currently offers Freeport Exemption; Nacogdoches County does not offer it.

A company requesting a Freeport Exemption must apply at the Central Appraisal District, and the final tax assessed for each year is based on a percentage (per the application) according to the following formula: Total COGS (for calendar year) / COGS shipped out of state within 175 days (for calendar year) = Value of Freeport goods not subject to property tax.


Goods-in-Transit Incentive

House Bill 621 of the 80th Texas Legislature amends the Tax Code and the Government Code to add an exemption from ad valorem taxation for goods-in-transit.To qualify for the exemption, personal property used for assembling, storing, manufacturing, processing, or fabricating purposes would have to be acquired in Texas or imported into Texas and stored at a Texas location in which the owner of the goods does not have a direct or indirect ownership interest.

The goods-in-transit would have to be transported to another location in Texas or out of state no later than 175 days after the property was acquired in or imported into the state.

Oil and gas and their immediate derivatives, aircraft, and dealer's special inventories would not qualify for the exemption.


Pollution Control Equipment Incentive

A Texas constitutional amendment providing an exemption from property taxation for pollution control was approved in 1993. The intent was to ensure that compliance with environmental mandates, through capital investments, did not result in an increase in a facility’s property taxes.

A facility must first receive a determination from the Texas Commission on Environment Quality (TCEQ) that property is for pollution control purposes. That positive use determination is then provided to the local appraisal district, which must accept the TCEQ’s decision and grant the property an exemption from property taxes.

To be eligible for a positive use determination, the property must have been purchased, acquired, constructed, installed, replaced, or reconstructed after January 1, 1994, to meet or exceed federal, state, or local environmental laws, rules, or regulations.

Renewable Energy Incentives

Wind and Solar Energy Tax Exemptions and Deductions

Tax Code Section 171.056 extends a franchise tax exemption to manufacturers, sellers, or installers of solar energy devices.

The state also permits a corporate deduction from the state’s franchise tax for renewable energy sources. Business owners may deduct the cost of the system from the company’s taxable capital or deduct 10% from the company’s income. Wind energy qualifies under the term “solar energy” for the exemption and deduction under Sections 171.056 and 171.107.

For more information on the tax exemption, visit the State Energy Conservation Office website, or contact the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

Texas property tax code permits a 100% exemption on the appraised value of solar, wind or biomass energy devices installed or constructed for the production and use of energy onsite. See Texas Property Tax Form 50-123, “Exemption Application for Solar or Wind-Powered Energy Devices” to claim this exemption.

Texas also offers a loan program for eligible efficiency technologies. The LoanSTAR Revolving Loan Program is available to schools, hospitals and local governments. The low interest loans are capped at a $5 million maximum and are required to meet certain technical guidelines including a detailed energy assessment report.

Texas Economic Development Act

In 2001, the 77th Texas Legislature enacted House Bill 1200 creating Tax Code Chapter 313, Texas Economic Development Act, to encourage large‑scale manufacturing, research and development, renewable energy, nuclear and integrated gasification combined cycle electric generation facilities capital investment projects in the state of Texas.

The law requires companies to invest a specified amount of money to qualify for a tax credit and an eight‑year limitation on the appraised value of a property for the maintenance and operations portion of the school district property tax. The local school district must elect to participate for the company to recognize this benefit.

The qualifying investment amount is determined on a sliding scale that begins at $100 million for large urban areas and $30 million for rural areas. The qualifying investment amount is reduced for areas with a lower tax base.

Moving Image Industry

In 2007, the 81st Texas Legislature enacted House Bill 1634 establishing The Moving Image Industry Incentive Program. Under the legislation, grants to promote industry growth in Texas can be made to applicant production companies.

The incentive is available in the form of a production grant equal to 5% of in-state spending, including wages paid to Texas residents. Grants are available upon project completion to features, television programs, television commercials and video games. Both live action and animated projects are eligible.

The maximum grant amounts available after September 1, 2007 are:

  • $2 million for features;
  • $2.5 million for television programs (for episodic series, $2.5 million per season);
  • $200,000 for a commercial, series of commercials or music videos; and
  • $250,000 for video games.

Available for review at the Texas Film Commission website are the specific eligibility qualifications for projects including investment thresholds, employment requirements and content. Specific incentive enhancements related to underused areas are provided.

City Tax Incentives

Tax abatement for the city of Nacogdoches will not be ordinarily considered for projects that would develop without such incentives unless it can demonstrate higher development standards, aesthetic improvements added, and/or other development and community goals achieved through the use of abatement. Tax abatements are granted to owners of improvements on real property. If an applicant leases a facility to which an application for tax abatement will relate, the agreement shall be executed with owner of the property on which the facility is located, as well as the lessee/applicant.

Within the context of these goals, the city will, on a case-by-case basis, give consideration to providing incentives as a stimulus for economic development in Nacogdoches. It is the policy of the city that said consideration will be provided in accordance with procedures and criteria outlined in this document. Nothing herein shall imply or suggest the city is under obligation to provide an incentive and/or any extension of any incentive given to any applicant.

Sec. 94-278. Criteria for Tax Abatement.

Any request for tax abatement shall be reviewed by the city and the proposed project must conform to the general guidelines specified below:

  1. Any request must involve a development project that will add at least five new fulltime jobs or retain at least five existing fulltime jobs or increase the ad valorem value by at least $250,000 in new construction, or $50,000 in rehabilitation of an existing structure.
  2. Project shall make a substantial contribution to development efforts in the city by enhancing either additional improvements or furthering redevelopment and preservation activities within special planning areas.
  3. Project shall comply with all current environmental standards.
  4. No construction shall have begun until application is approved.
  5. Competition within the city should not be increased by the project.

Applications for tax abatement incentives should provide a written narrative detailing how project relates to the above criteria. Architect’s drawings, elevations, renderings may be required to show how some standards will be met. These drawings, elevation and renderings shall be accurate in color, façade changes and landscape plans.

The subjective criteria outlined in section 94-278 will be used to determine if it is in the best interest of the city to provide tax abatement to a particular applicant. To determine amount abated on any increment in value added to the current ad valorem value of property the following objective criteria must be met:

  1. New industry or commercial establishment.

    Project Cost or Jobs (whichever is greater)
    Percent Taxes Abated by Year
    Project Cost

    **Any project with costs greater than $400,000 or which create more than 6 new jobs will be individually negotiated.

  2. Rehabilitation of existing industry or commercial establishment.
    Project Cost or Jobs (whichever is greater)
    Percent Taxes Abated by Year
    Project Cost

    **Any project with costs greater than $200,000 or creating more than 5 new jobs will be individually negotiated.
Tax Increment Financing
Tax increment financing is a tool that local governments can use to publicly finance needed structural improvements and enhanced infrastructure within a defined area. The cost of improvements to the area is repaid by the contribution of future tax revenues by each taxing unit that levies taxes against the property. Tax increment financing may be initiated only by a city.

Workforce Training


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Work Opportunity Tax Credit is a federal tax credit used to reduce the federal tax liability of private-for-profit employers. Employers can hire from eight different targeted groups.

Fidelity Bonding. The Texas Workforce Commission offers free fidelity bonding services designed to eliminate bonding as a barrier to employment and alleviate employer concerns about hiring "at-risk" job applicants.

IRS Tax Credits. There are actually quite a few tax credits available to help businesses.


County Tax Abatement

General Criteria
All applications must meet the following general criteria before being considered for tax abatement:
  1. The project expands the local tax base.
  2. The project creates permanent fulltime employment opportunities.
  3. The project would not otherwise be developed.
  4. The project makes a contribution to enhancing further economic development.
  5. The project must remain in good standing with all governmental and environmental regulations.
  6. The project has not been started and no construction by the applicant has commenced at the time the application is approved.
  7. The project must not have any of the following objections:
    • Have substantial adverse affect on the provision of government service on tax base;
    • The applicant has insufficient financial capacity;
    • Planned or potential use of the property would constitute a hazard to public safety,
    • Planned or potential use of the property would create adverse impact to adjacent properties:
    • Any violation of laws of the U.S., the State of Texas, or ordinances of Nacogdoches County, Texas would occur, or
    • It is in an improvement project financed with tax increment bonds.
Specific Criteria
If the project in the application meets the general criteria, is a facility of a targeted enterprise, and has a capital cost that exceeds $1Million then abatement of any or all of the increased value will be considered. In no case would tax abatement exceed the maximum allowed by state law, presently 100% for 10 years. Factors to be considered in determining the portion of the increased value to be abated and the duration of the abatement agreement include, but are not limited to the following:
  1. Total amount of the increased value.
  2. Total number of jobs created.
  3. Type of jobs created.
  4. Dollar value of payroll created.
  5. Other costs and revenues associated with the application.

Transportation & Access

Air Service

A.L. Mangham Jr. Regional Airport in Nacogdoches

        - City owned
        - 5,001 ft. hard surface, lighted runway
        - Instrument Landing System (ILS)
        - Jet fuel available
Houston - George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is 120 miles from Nacogdoches on U.S.-59.
Dallas-Fort Worth - DFW Airport is located 200 miles from Nacogdoches.
Longview - East Texas Regional Airport  is located 57 miles from Nacogdoches.
Shreveport Regional Airport is located 95 miles from Nacogdoches.

Rail Service

Union Pacific rail service runs through Nacogdoches and serves several large industries. Nacogdoches is on the line between Houston and Shreveport.

Click on the following link for Union Pacific System Map



Road Network


  • Texas highways TX-7 & TX-21 both intersect in Nacogdoches.
  • Loop 224 is a dual lane, divided highway loop that bypasses the downtown business district.
  • Served by eight major freight carriers.
  • Served by four major express delivery carriers.
 Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Statewide Planning Map
 Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) I-69 Driven by Texans


Driving Distances and Times to Selected Locations
 Destination * Distance (miles) Time
 Dallas/Fort Worth, TX 219 3 hr., 37 min.
 Shreveport, LA 105 1 hr., 55 min. 
 Houston, TX 141  2 hr., 32 min.
 Baton Rouge, LA 311 5 hr., 4 min. 
 San Antonio, TX 316 5 hr., 29 min.
 Austin, TX 233 4 hr., 11 min.
 Little Rock, AR 301 4 hr., 56 min.
 Jackson, MS 322 5 hr., 11 min.
 Oklahoma City, OK 388 6 hr., 23 min.
 SOURCE: MapQuest (* From Nacogdoches, TX), Wadley-Donovan GrowthTech, LLC


Water Port

The Port of Houston is located 140 miles from the city of Nacogdoches, connected by US-59 highway and Union Pacific railroad.




Natural Gas

Water Service

Sewage Treatment

Solid Waste



Map of Broadband & Wireless Coverage

Water Resources

Various Local Links

Appleby, Texas

Azalea Trail

Chireno, Texas

City of Nacogdoches

Columbia Regional Geospatial Service Center

Cushing, Texas

Daily Sentinel

Garrison, Texas

Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful

Kiwanis Club of Nacogdoches

Lamp Light Theater

Nacogdoches Central Appraisal District

Nacogdoches Convention and Visitor's Bureau

Nacogdoches County

Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce

Nacogdoches County Expo Center

Nacogdoches Downtown Business Association

Nacogdoches Historical Society

Nacogdoches Rotary Club

Pineywoods Groundwater Conservation District

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Stephen F. Austin State University

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC)

Texas Forest Country

Texas Forest Trail Region