County Profiles

Manufacturing Thrives in Hill County

Hill County has an established and thriving industrial manufacturing sector within the Heart of Texas Region. Located between Dallas, Fort Worth and Waco, and bisected by Interstate-35, Hill County has unmatched transportation advantages to allow shipping to all points through the United States, Canada and Mexico. Additionally, the county possesses an ease of access to air transport, with Hillsboro Municipal Airport within the county and the Waco Regional Airport, Dallas Love Field and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport all within an hour’s drive. In total, the advantages make Hill County a prime location for manufacturing companies to quickly and easily import supplies and export production.

The city of Hillsboro is the primary location for manufacturing companies within the county. Available properties and buildings, specifically in the Hillsboro Industrial Park, combined with access to ample resources, utilities and a talented workforce make Hill County an excellent location to bring any industrial manufacturing operation. As an area with fertile soils and ample water supply, Hill County’s economic history lies in agriculture, resulting in a hard-working labor force available for the manufacturing companies to draw on.

Like regions across the country, unemployment in McLennan County has increased somewhat in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Texas Workforce Commission reported that Hill County had a total Civilian Labor Force of 16,521 in November 2020, with an unemployment rate of 6.8%, lower than the Texas total of 8% unemployed. In comparison, Hill County unemployment was 3.1% in November 2019.

Hillsboro is the county seat of Hill County with a population approaching 8,500. Read this article to understand the thriving nature of the Hillsboro manufacturing industry. For more information on Hillsboro, go to the Hillsboro Texas Economic Development Corporation.

The city of Whitney is the self-proclaimed “Getaway Capital of Texas.” Although a town of only 2,118 residents, the area offers ample vacation and recreation opportunities on Lake Whitney, a dammed reservoir of the Brazos River. For more information, visit the City of Whitney.

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Hill County

Population

Total Population

37,945

Population
Growth Rate

0.77%

Median Age

43

Diversity Index

57.300

Housing & Income

Households

14,239

Total Housing Units

17,278


Owner Occupied

10,123

Renter Occupied

4,116

Vacant

3,039

Median Home Value

$114,371


Average Home Value

$158,389

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.71%


Per Capita Income

1.72%

Income Projection

Median Household

$47,340 $50,836


Average Household

$64,899 $70,842


Per Capita

$24,379 $26,548

Workforce

Total Businesses

1,196

Total Employed

10,140

Workers 16+

14,470

2020 Retail Trade Businesses

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Businesses

192

Employed

1,907

2020 Educational Services - Businesses

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Businesses

44

Employed

1,200

2020 Accommodation/Food Service

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Businesses

108

Employed

1,138

2020 HealthCare/Social Assist

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Businesses

71

Employed

1,043

2020 Food Service/Drinking Estab

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Businesses

81

Employed

1,001

2020 Public Administration

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Businesses

98

Employed

826

Some
High School

2,736

Graduated
High School

7,400

Associates
Degree

2,306

Bachelor's
Degree

3,291

Graduate
Degree

1,533

Average Commute Time

28 min.



Resident Commuters

8,688

Non-Resident Commuters

5,663

Drive Alone

11,613

Carpooled

1,733

Public

5

Work At Home

651