Poverty Rate Declines for First Time Since Recession

Texas is one of two states in which the poverty rate declined between 2011 and 2012, according to data released late Wednesday from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

The percentage of Texans living in poverty dropped from 18.5 percent to 17.9 percent, marking the first decline in the state since the recession began, in 2008. The only other state that saw its poverty rate drop was Minnesota.

Still, Texas’ poverty rate remained above the national rate, and above the state's pre-recession rate. (Check out our interactive here.) 

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