Nacogdoches Economy

Nacogdoches has a diverse and thriving economy that takes advantage of its dynamic workforce and abundant natural resources.  While the bedrock of the local economy is a vibrant community of small and large businesses, Nacogdoches has over 20 companies with 100 or more employees, two of which have over 1,600 employees.

Primary industries are education, agriculture (poultry, timber, cattle, grain and dairy products), manufacturing (feed & fertilizer, valves, business forms, transformers, motor homes, poultry processing and sealing components), oil & gas and tourism.

Nacogdoches continues to rank in the top Texas counties in agricultural production, with the poultry, cattle and timber industries having served as the foundation of the local agricultural economy for decades. In 2013, Nacogdoches County was estimated to have received around $345 million in on-farm income. Manufacturing also plays a major role in our local economy, with plants producing a wide array of products such as bronze valves, electric transformers, giant flanges, plastic containers, high-efficiency vehicle engines, customized luxury motor homes, heavy-duty trailers, poultry coops and animal food products. Education, healthcare and retail businesses complete the list of top employers in the area. 

Over the past two years, Nacogdoches County has seen job growth, with nearly 750 jobs added. In addition, over $80 million in  capital has been invested in businesses since 2012, spurring considerable activity and economic development opportunities.

Businesses benefit from a well-trained workforce in the area. With over 65,000 county residents, including over 13,000 students enrolled at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches County offers a highly diversified and well-educated workforce. Thirty percent of all city residents, and 25 percent of all county residents, have a bachelor’s degree or higher. More than 304,000 people reside within Nacogdoches and its five neighboring counties.

Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO) works to bring new businesses and industries to the area and to help existing local businesses grow and prosper. In addition, NEDCO offers, through the Small Business Development Center at Angelina College, assistance to prospective entrepreneurs in developing and refining successful business plans. For more information, visit

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