This year, the population of Lufkin and Angelina County will reach over 81,000 people according to U.S. Census Bureau projections. That will make Angelina County the largest population center within a range of 80 miles in any direction — and one of the most promising business centers in East Texas. The growth of Lufkin and Angelina County has been driven in recent years by the creation of new job-producing industries, and the emergence of Lufkin as a retail shopping, health care and entertainment hub for ten surrounding counties.
Angelina County’s population stood at 69,884 in 1990, when the U.S. census was taken, and had reached 76,200 in mid-1997 when a census “snapshot” was taken. This represents a nine percent population increase over that time period. The census of 2000 showed a 15 percent increase, with over 80,000 people in Angelina County.
The census figures reflect that Angelina County is a strong family community, which accounts for its growth and dynamic approach. The median age of the county’s residents is 33.4 years for men and 36.2 for women.
About 40 percent of men and 35 percent of women are under the age of 24, 30 percent of men and and 28 percent of women are between the age 25 and 44, and 11 percent of men and 15 percent of women are 65 and over.
Angelina County has 28,000 households with an average of three people in each household. The average annual household income in the county is $37,467, while the per-capita income is $21,026.
In 2000, the county had more than 35,000 people employed, with an unemployment rate of only five percent, one of the lowest in East Texas. Since 1996, annual unemployment rates in the county have never been higher than 6.0 percent.