Texas Is One of the Poorest States in the Country

The Census Bureau churned out some number this month showing the poverty percentages, per state, for the past three years. (I’ll beat you to the punch: during the past three years of the OBAMA administration) The picture for Texans, no matter the metric used, is bleak.

The report below (after the jump) is realllllly wonky, so I’ll break it down here.

Percentage of people in poverty, official three-year average:

Mississippi: 21.1 percent

New Mexico: 20 percent

Arizona: 19.2 percent

Louisiana: 19.1 percent

Georgia: 18.6 percent

Texas: 17.8 percent

The lowest? New Hampshire at 7.4 percent

The study also evaluated poverty using a metric known as the Supplemental Poverty Measure. Texas didn’t fare much better: it was still the 10th poorest state, per percentage of impoverished residents.

Census Poverty Numbers


  • mynameisbill

    This is only because California is sending all their poor here. Yeah, it’s them evil socialist Californians…..grrrrrr they make me mad!

  • Albert Finney

    Kinda makes you wonder why the most pursued immigrant demographic is also the most likely to require welfare.

  • guestasaurus

    Yes, Texas is also one of the cheap-labor states most welcoming to third-world immigrants with no English language, education, skills or resources.

    It’s a signal point of bipartisan agreement in Texas that we should have as many unskilled foreign-born laborers working for rock-bottom wages as possible.

  • David Burrows

    Which is exactly why we can’t secede

  • dubiousbrother

    Texas is the only state listed that has over 10% black (12%) and hispanic (40%) population. New Hampshire of course voted for Obama since they love the welfare state that he represents and they are all for amnesty for illegal immigrants. Just one caveat that comes to mind as their population is 1% black and 2% hispanic – “not in my back yard.”

  • blue pencil

    Yeah, but New Hampshire also paid more of their federal tax money into Texas’ troubles and weak-kneed infrastructure than Texans have paid for any of New Hampshire’s.