Texas Poverty Rate by County

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People of all ages in poverty - percent, 2006-2010 - (Percent)
County Value
Anderson 16.5
Andrews 17.1
Angelina 17.8
Aransas 17.4
Archer 10.0
Armstrong 10.7
Atascosa 18.8
Austin 8.8
Bailey 17.3
Bandera 18.4
Bastrop 14.1
Baylor 17.3
Bee 19.0
Bell 14.1
Bexar 16.9
Blanco 11.7
Borden 4.3
Bosque 16.2
Bowie 16.8
Brazoria 10.6
Brazos 29.7
Brewster 16.5
Briscoe 19.9
Brooks 34.0
Brown 16.2
Burleson 13.5
Burnet 13.7
Caldwell 19.6
Calhoun 16.3
Callahan 13.9
Cameron 34.7
Camp 20.4
Carson 5.7
Cass 19.3
Castro 23.3
Chambers 10.5
Cherokee 22.4
Childress 16.2
Clay 11.7
Cochran 24.9
Coke 15.1
Coleman 29.4
Collin 6.9
Collingsworth 20.8
Colorado 15.2
Comal 10.0
Comanche 22.1
Concho 20.0
Cooke 13.6
Coryell 13.2
Cottle 10.9
Crane 17.0
Crockett 15.9
Crosby 23.9
Culberson 28.8
Dallam 12.5
Dallas 17.6
Dawson 19.1
Deaf Smith 17.5
Delta 14.5
Denton 8.0
DeWitt 16.4
Dickens 24.6
Dimmit 36.4
Donley 10.5
Duval 22.9
Eastland 21.0
Ector 16.7
Edwards 24.7
El Paso 25.6
Ellis 11.3
Erath 19.7
Falls 23.4
Fannin 14.7
Fayette 11.0
Fisher 13.9
Floyd 23.8
Foard 23.4
Fort Bend 8.0
Franklin 14.8
Freestone 16.0
Frio 21.8
Gaines 18.0
Galveston 12.8
Garza 21.7
Gillespie 8.0
Glasscock 11.2
Goliad 11.8
Gonzales 20.3
Gray 15.0
Grayson 13.5
Gregg 16.5
Grimes 15.9
Guadalupe 9.7
Hale 19.0
Hall 27.7
Hamilton 11.4
Hansford 13.5
Hardeman 19.2
Hardin 12.0
Harris 16.8
Harrison 15.2
Hartley 9.3
Haskell 18.8
Hays 16.4
Hemphill 16.8
Henderson 16.8
Hidalgo 34.4
Hill 15.0
Hockley 17.0
Hood 10.9
Hopkins 15.8
Houston 23.7
Howard 17.7
Hudspeth 46.0
Hunt 19.2
Hutchinson 15.2
Irion 1.5
Jack 17.8
Jackson 11.7
Jasper 18.6
Jeff Davis 14.7
Jefferson 18.8
Jim Hogg 12.0
Jim Wells 21.9
Johnson 10.5
Jones 12.3
Karnes 19.0
Kaufman 11.4
Kendall 7.1
Kenedy 14.9
Kent 5.4
Kerr 14.1
Kimble 14.6
King 0.0
Kinney 32.2
Kleberg 24.8
Knox 16.0
La Salle 21.8
Lamar 16.7
Lamb 17.9
Lampasas 14.6
Lavaca 10.5
Lee 10.8
Leon 16.7
Liberty 15.4
Limestone 18.9
Lipscomb 14.2
Live Oak 13.3
Llano 12.6
Loving 0.0
Lubbock 18.8
Lynn 16.9
Madison 20.4
Marion 23.2
Martin 7.2
Mason 16.3
Matagorda 21.6
Maverick 33.6
McCulloch 22.9
McLennan 20.5
McMullen 9.1
Medina 15.9
Menard 18.6
Midland 12.5
Milam 17.6
Mills 15.7
Mitchell 15.3
Montague 13.2
Montgomery 10.9
Moore 13.4
Morris 16.7
Motley 22.1
Nacogdoches 24.6
Navarro 19.8
Newton 16.2
Nolan 19.4
Nueces 19.1
Ochiltree 17.7
Oldham 13.4
Orange 13.9
Palo Pinto 13.8
Panola 12.5
Parker 10.5
Parmer 18.6
Pecos 19.9
Polk 21.8
Potter 22.7
Presidio 24.1
Rains 11.5
Randall 9.4
Reagan 10.5
Real 26.8
Red River 17.5
Reeves 28.7
Refugio 16.0
Roberts 14.6
Robertson 21.2
Rockwall 5.6
Runnels 21.6
Rusk 12.4
Sabine 18.0
San Augustine 27.1
San Jacinto 17.8
San Patricio 16.6
San Saba 23.4
Schleicher 12.4
Scurry 17.7
Shackelford 13.2
Shelby 25.4
Sherman 12.9
Smith 15.4
Somervell 10.8
Starr 38.0
Stephens 19.9
Sterling 21.0
Stonewall 11.9
Sutton 11.7
Swisher 15.4
Tarrant 13.4
Taylor 16.5
Terrell 16.5
Terry 16.6
Throckmorton 13.2
Titus 17.9
Tom Green 16.8
Travis 16.2
Trinity 16.6
Tyler 18.3
Upshur 13.1
Upton 13.9
Uvalde 26.7
Val Verde 24.0
Van Zandt 14.5
Victoria 16.4
Walker 23.8
Waller 21.1
Ward 17.3
Washington 16.0
Webb 29.8
Wharton 17.2
Wheeler 13.9
Wichita 15.3
Wilbarger 23.3
Willacy 43.4
Williamson 6.5
Wilson 9.0
Winkler 16.3
Wise 9.8
Wood 14.0
Yoakum 25.0
Young 15.6
Zapata 37.6
Zavala 43.0

Value for Texas (Percent): 16.8%

Data item: People of all ages in poverty - percent, 2006-2010

Source: U. S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 5-Year Estimates. Updated every year. http://factfinder2.census.gov

Definitions:

Poverty statistics in ACS products adhere to the standards specified by the Office of Management and Budget in Statistical Policy Directive 14. The Census Bureau uses a set of dollar value thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who is in poverty. Further, poverty thresholds for people living alone or with nonrelatives (unrelated individuals) vary by age (under 65 years or 65 years and older). The poverty thresholds for two-person families also vary by the age of the householder. If a family's total income is less than the dollar value of the appropriate threshold, then that family and every individual in it are considered to be in poverty. Similarly, if an unrelated individual's total income is less than the appropriate threshold, then that individual is considered to be in poverty.

How the Census Bureau Determines Poverty Status

Poverty status is determined by comparing annual income to a set of dollar values called poverty thresholds that vary by family size, number of children and age of householder. If a family's before tax money income is less than the dollar value of their threshold, then that family and every individual in it are considered to be in poverty. For people not living in families, poverty status is determined by comparing the individual's income to his or her poverty threshold.

The poverty thresholds are updated annually to allow for changes in the cost of living using the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U). They do not vary geographically. The ACS is a continuous survey and people respond throughout the year. Since income is reported for the previous 12 months, the appropriate poverty threshold for each family is determined by multiplying the base-year poverty threshold (1982) by the average of monthly CPI values for the 12 months preceding the survey month.

Scope and Methodology:

These data are collected in the American Community Survey (ACS). The data are estimates and are subject to sampling variability. The data for each geographic area are presented together with margins of error at factfinder2.census.gov. The data are period estimates, that is, they represent the characteristics of the population over a specific 60-month data collection period.

Since answers to income questions are frequently based on memory and not on records, many people tended to forget minor or sporadic sources of income and, therefore, underreport their income. Underreporting tends to be more pronounced for income sources that are not derived from earnings, such as public assistance, interest, dividends, and net rental income.

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