New Census Analysis Paints Bleak Picture For Houston And Texas

More detailed U.S. Census numbers paint a bleak picture for Houston and Texas, with growing poverty and millions still uninsured.

The latest census numbers are part of the 2010 American Community Survey and provide a more detailed look at Texas and Houston demographics and trends. The numbers show an increase in poverty and overall uninsured
in Houston.

Eva DeLuna Castro is with the Austin-based Center for Public Policy Priorities. She says there is some good news when it comes to children.

"The number of children that are uninsured as come down since 2008 and it's a significant improvement for children. But on the other hand poverty along with not having health insurance are all climbing for other groups." 

The latest numbers are a follow-up to last week's news that overall poverty nationwide has jumped. De Luna Castro says the median family income for Houstonians has dropped almost 3-thousand dollars since 2008.

"What it means is there's just some serious challenges for families in Houston that are just trying to take care of the basics. $54,000, I mean, it sounds like a lot of money but when you're trying to support a family of three or
four people and all the expenses that you have, there's just not enough to save for a rainy day and one bad event can just put a family on the brink of losing everything they have."  
  
 
She says the poverty gap between Hispanics and white Texans is also growing. 27-percent of Hispanics are in poverty compared to only 9-percent of non-Hispanic whites.