These Are The 10 Worst Places In Texas To Get A Job

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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We’re on a mission at Zippia to criss-cross the country looking for the best and worst places for jobs.

Today, we set our sites on the worst cities to find a job in Texas after looking at the best places in Texas a short while ago.

These cities did not have the grit needed to make it to the big leagues and get that big promotion we all hope to get.

After looking at the data for the 100 biggest cities in Texas, the ten worst cities to find a job in the Lone Star State are:

  1. Brownsville
  2. Port Arthur
  3. Socorro
  4. Pharr
  5. Weslaco
  6. Harlingen
  7. Beaumont
  8. Texarkana
  9. Del Rio
  10. Mission

Read on to see how we did it.

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How We Determined The Worst Places For Jobs In The Lone Star State

After getting the data for every place in Texas, we ultimately decided to limit our analysis to the biggest places with over 5,000 people.

That left us with 100 cities.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 100, with 1 being the worst in any given category.

Finally, we took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score gaining the title “Worst City In Texas To Find A Job”.

The criteria we looked at were:




1. Brownsville

Brownsville, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 175,210Recent Job Growth: 0.92%
Future Job Growth: 33.20%

2. Port Arthur

Port Arthur, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,022Recent Job Growth: 0.80%
Future Job Growth: 30.30%

3. Socorro

Socorro, Texas

Source: Flickr

Population: 31,912Recent Job Growth: 1.17%
Future Job Growth: 34.80%

4. Pharr


Population: 70,119 Recent Job Growth: 1.55%
Future Job Growth: 36.20%

5. Weslaco

Weslaco, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,720Recent Job Growth: 1.56%
Future Job Growth: 34.50%

6. Harlingen

Harlingen, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 64,947Recent Job Growth: 0.92%
Future Job Growth: 35.50%

7. Beaumont

Beaumont, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 117,769Recent Job Growth: 0.79%
Future Job Growth: 34.80%

8. Texarkana

Texarkana, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,548Recent Job Growth: 0.15%
Future Job Growth: 34.80%

9. Del Rio

Del Rio, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,471Recent Job Growth: -0.25%
Future Job Growth: 34.50%

10. Mission

Mission, Texas

Source: Flickr

Population: 76,784Recent Job Growth: 1.55%
Future Job Growth: 36.30%

Wrapping It Up With Friday Night Drinks

After crunching all the numbers, Brownsville took the “top” spot as the worst city in Texas for a job.

So while the economy continues to improve and jobs become available across the state of Texas, these cities lag behind.

Hopefully they can catch up before they miss their next bonus.

Detailed List Of Worst Places In Texas To Get A Job

City Rank Population Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
brownsville 1 175,210 0.92% 33.20%
port arthur 2 54,022 0.80% 30.30%
socorro 3 31,912 1.17% 34.80%
pharr 4 70,119 1.55% 36.20%
weslaco 5 35,720 1.56% 34.50%
harlingen 6 64,947 0.92% 35.50%
beaumont 7 117,769 0.79% 34.80%
texarkana 8 36,548 0.15% 34.80%
del rio 9 35,471 -0.25% 34.50%
mission 10 76,784 1.55% 36.30%
el paso 11 650,778 1.17% 36.30%
waco 12 124,843 0.76% 36.80%
huntsville 13 38,682 0.75% 37.00%
edinburg 14 77,174 1.56% 37.60%
wichita falls 15 104,152 -0.57% 34.30%
laredo 16 236,063 1.33% 37.80%
mcallen 17 130,297 1.56% 37.70%
killeen 18 127,995 1.62% 37.20%
fort hood 19 34,795 1.62% 37.80%
nacogdoches 20 33,157 1.62% 38.60%
copperas cove 21 32,639 1.62% 37.50%
tyler 22 97,125 1.60% 38.50%
lufkin 23 35,169 1.90% 39.30%
galveston 24 48,352 2.96% 40.70%
abilene 25 118,484 0.41% 37.10%
texas city 26 45,235 2.96% 39.60%
baytown 27 71,790 2.96% 39.50%
longview 28 80,931 1.68% 39.00%
pasadena 29 149,506 2.96% 40.60%
san angelo 30 93,450 0.97% 38.30%
amarillo 31 191,118 -0.34% 36.10%
san antonio 32 1,335,287 2.21% 40.10%
temple 33 66,435 1.62% 38.90%
houston 34 2,107,449 2.96% 41.20%
lancaster 35 36,271 3.43% 40.10%
sherman 36 38,499 3.05% 41.20%
la porte 37 33,859 2.95% 41.10%
channelview 38 38,958 2.96% 41.20%
corpus christi 39 305,427 2.81% 41.40%
desoto 40 49,011 3.43% 40.90%
lubbock 41 229,428 2.29% 41.20%
dallas 42 1,207,202 3.43% 41.80%
fort worth 43 743,865 2.98% 41.30%
haltom city 44 42,511 2.98% 41.50%
cleburne 45 29,318 2.98% 41.40%
rosenberg 46 30,665 2.95% 41.80%
arlington 47 367,154 2.97% 41.40%
cedar hill 48 44,970 3.43% 41.30%
spring 49 54,997 2.96% 41.20%
missouri city 50 67,173 2.96% 41.10%
grand prairie 51 174,631 3.27% 41.60%
euless 52 51,526 2.97% 41.40%
new braunfels 53 57,776 2.21% 41.00%
duncanville 54 38,590 3.43% 41.60%
san marcos 55 46,131 2.82% 42.50%
deer park 56 32,098 2.95% 41.40%
atascocita 57 65,693 2.96% 41.20%
garland 58 227,641 3.43% 41.80%
georgetown 59 48,220 2.82% 41.50%
mission bend 60 37,352 2.96% 41.60%
round rock 61 100,764 2.82% 41.60%
schertz 62 31,934 2.21% 41.00%
conroe 63 57,380 2.95% 42.30%
hurst 64 37,572 2.97% 41.70%
north richland hills 65 63,605 2.97% 41.60%
austin 66 799,939 2.82% 42.10%
bedford 67 47,385 2.97% 41.70%
the colony 68 36,718 3.43% 42.00%
grapevine 69 46,756 2.97% 41.70%
rowlett 70 55,970 3.43% 42.00%
cedar park 71 51,664 2.82% 41.90%
irving 72 217,021 3.43% 42.60%
farmers branch 73 28,681 3.43% 42.40%
league city 74 83,026 2.95% 42.00%
friendswood 75 35,853 2.95% 41.90%
carrollton 76 120,727 3.43% 42.40%
the woodlands 77 97,951 2.96% 41.80%
pflugerville 78 47,602 2.82% 42.30%
college station 79 93,663 4.84% 46.30%
burleson 80 36,879 2.97% 42.20%
mansfield 81 55,818 2.97% 41.90%
bryan 82 76,082 4.84% 46.30%
mckinney 83 131,882 3.43% 42.50%
denton 84 115,098 3.43% 43.10%
waxahachie 85 29,760 3.44% 42.70%
lewisville 86 95,989 3.43% 42.80%
sugar land 87 79,475 2.95% 42.40%
plano 88 263,122 3.43% 42.60%
odessa 89 101,545 3.09% 43.40%
pearland 90 90,347 2.96% 42.40%
richardson 91 100,057 3.43% 42.80%
keller 92 39,763 2.97% 42.10%
victoria 93 62,869 3.69% 43.80%
coppell 94 39,212 3.44% 42.40%
allen 95 84,387 3.43% 42.70%
wylie 96 40,793 3.43% 42.80%
frisco 97 116,944 3.43% 43.10%
midland 98 112,618 3.79% 45.30%
rockwall 99 37,842 3.43% 43.40%
flower mound 100 65,330 3.43% 43.10%