September 15, 2018
The latest information released by the U.S. Census Bureau presents good news and bad news for the Texas population. The good news is that in 2017, the poverty rate stood at 14.7%, down from an 18.5% high in 2011. One in five Texas children — 21% — were poor in 2017, which is a decrease from 2011, when 27% of children in Texas were poor.
That, was statewide. Digging down to the local level, the statistics are more dire. The poverty rate either increased or remained static in one-third of the state’s 25 metro areas, with the border states ranking as the poorest areas of the state. The McAllen area had the highest rate of children living in poverty at 42.4%.
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