2020 Annual Community Survey shows Brazoria County has seen increase in income, education levels

The 2020 census published its Annual Community Survey showing in Brazoria County, the median income per household, employment and education levels have all risen. (Courtesy Pexels)
The 2020 census published its Annual Community Survey showing in Brazoria County, the median income per household, employment and education levels have all risen. (Courtesy Pexels)

The 2020 census published its Annual Community Survey showing in Brazoria County, the median income per household, employment and education levels have all risen. (Courtesy Pexels)

The 2020 census published its Annual Community Survey data March 17, showing in Brazoria County, the median income of the population has increased, while employment and people with bachelor’s degrees have also risen.

Although the pandemic caused a disruption in predicted trends, the U.S. Census Bureau went on with its survey collection, adjusting its methods to account for bias and unresponsiveness. Brazoria County includes a large portion of Pearland and Alvin and stretches as far south as Freeport.

The average and median income of Brazoria County residents increased between 2015 and 2020 estimates. The median income per household increased from $69,749 in 2015 to $83,325 in 2020.



Additionally, the number of employed people increased by 11.13% in Brazoria County. The county's overall population increased by 10.95% from 331,741 in 2015 to 368,062 in 2020 within the same time period.



Additionally, the amount of Brazoria County residents age 18 and up with a college degree has increased by 11.27% in the last five years. When focusing on 2020 data, 28,730 people are science and engineering majors, while 11,793 people obtained majors focusing on arts, humanities and other related fields. There were also 14,708 business majors in the county.


The number of workers in Brazoria County increased from 152,425 people in 2015 to 169,393 in 2020. The number of people driving alone fell by 2.4% from 2015 to 2020. In 2020, 52.9% of the workers in the county had a commute of 30 minutes or longer.



The number of workers in Brazoria County who worked from home in 2020 was roughly 9,200 people, or 5.4% of the worker population. In 2015, the percentage of workers working from home was 2.6%.

The use of public transportation continues to be significantly low in the county. Only 0.2% of workers took public transportation in 2015, which rose to 0.4% in 2020.
By Andy Yanez

Reporter, Pearland/Friendswood

Andy joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Houston. He started as the South Houston Metro Reporter where he helped each different edition in the South Houston market, from Katy to the Bay area, before transitioning to the Pearland and Friendswood market in August 2021. He covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to arriving at Community Impact, Andy was the sports editor of The Cougar, UH's student newspaper, where he covered the university's athletics beat for two years and covered the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four in Indianapolis. Andy has appeared in the Houston Chronicle via an internship in 2020, and freelance work. He can be heard on the Pawd Slama Jama podcast still covering UH athletics.