This line chart describes changes in the average per capita income in constant 2004 dollars by region of Texas. The chart uses a regional scheme used by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas based on groupings of metropolitan statistical areas in the state. The best paying jobs are in some of the major urban areas of Texas--Houston, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Austin, all of which regularly exceed the state's average per capita income. Indeed, incomes in Dallas and Houston routinely exceed the national average. Historically, jobs in the Oil Patch paid even better than jobs in Dallas and Houston until the oil business collapsed in the mid-1980s. San Antonio jobs pay less well than jobs in other urban centers--except El Paso. Statewide, only jobs in the Border population centers pay more poorly than El Paso jobs. Texas Regions featured in the line chart and the MSAs they include are as follows: Houston-Baytown-Sugar Land MSA; Dallas-Plano-Irving MSA; San Antonio MSA; Ft Worth/Arlington MSA; Austin-Round Rock MSA; Border: Laredo MSA, Brownsville-Harlingen MSA, and McAllen-Edinburg-Pharr MSA; Central: Waco MSA, College-Station-Bryan MSA, and Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood MSA; Farm Belt: Abilene MSA, San Angelo MSA, Amarillo MSA, and Lubbock MSA; Gulf Coast: Beaumont-Port Arthur MSA, Corpus Christi MSA, and Victoria MSA; North Texas: Longview MSA, Tyler MSA, Sherman-Denison MSA, and Wichita Falls MSA; Oil Patch: Midland MSA and Odessa MSA.