“Texas did not enter the recession until late 2008, so the last numbers that we had didn’t really reflect any of the economic impact on Texas. 2009 we were fully into the recession. Texas was hit like the rest of the country.”
The poverty rate in the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area is lower than the state average, but at 15.3 percent, it’s still higher than the national average of a little over 14 percent. Across Texas, whites fare markedly better than blacks and Hispanics.
“Hispanics are nearly three times as likely as white, non-Hispanics to live in poverty.”
And blacks are about two and half times more likely to live below the poverty level.
The fall out from the economic downturn has also left more Texans without health insurance. Once again, Texas had the nation’s highest uninsured rate, according to the 2009 data. Nearly one in four people do not have health insurance. To put that is perspective the national average is one in seven.
Preliminary results from the 2010 Census will be out later this year. Deviney says it’s likely the poverty numbers will be even worse.