Upper East Texas offers a business friendly and affordable location for businesses.
This 16,000 square mile region stretches along the Arkansas and Louisiana Border to the western boundary of Cedar Creek Reservoir. The Upper East region of Texas is home to three MSAs: Longview, Texarkana and Tyler. In 2019, the region’s population was estimated to be about 1.2 million, or approximately 4% of the state’s total population.
This region is a powerhouse in mining and oil and gas extraction. The region’s forestry and wood product industries and distribution sectors are also strong. In Tyler, three hospitals round out the region’s diverse industry base. Over a quarter of the city’s workforce is employed in health care.
The Upper East region’s workforce is skilled and well-educated. Since 2010, the region’s high school graduation rate has outperformed the state’s rate. After high school students have a number of higher education institutions to choose from in the region including Texas A&M University — Texarkana, Texas College, The University of Texas at Tyler, and others. The region’s 9 community and technical colleges enroll approximately 37,000 students annually.