Population, Workforce and Housing in the Permian Basin

Population, Workforce and Housing in the Permian Basin
Housing in the Permian Basin. (Source: KWES)

WEST TEXAS (KWES) - Housing has been a problem across the Permian Basin, but it seems to be hitting hardest in Midland and Ector County.

The issue of not enough housing is influenced by population and workforce.

Here is a look at the estimated population from 2017 around the Permian Basin.

Population in 2017
Midland County, 165,049. 
Ector County, 157,087.
Andrews County, 17,722.
Howard County, 36,040.

Just looking at Midland County that's 20% increased compared to 2010, and in Ector County, that's about a 15% increase compared to 2010.

"Overall housing numbers, and based on historical trends, number of people per homes, population growth where it occurred and all sorts of things to look at where we were short," said, James Beauchamp, President of the Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance.

In Ector County, there has been a 9.6% change in housing units.

Midland County, shows to have had a 12.3% change.

"The 20,000 houses that we are short in the overall Permian Basin, but keep in mind that's an average and you have areas that have lost people and have additional housing units and you have other areas that don't have enough," Beauchamp said.

MOTRAN, also says that by 2022 the demand for field workforce will increase by 96% from 2016.

That number will continue to grow, by 2030 its expected to be an additional 60,000.

Right now, the workforce is short by 15,000.

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