2008 Census data reveals things are pretty bad, and this is just the beginning.

September 30, 2009 § Leave a comment

LGLisa Goddard
Advocacy and Online Marketing Director

The 2008 American Community Survey (ACS), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, provides a snapshot of the nation’s economic and social health.

austinMSAFor the Austin-Round Rock MSA (Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop and Caldwell counties), the report is not promising:

  • 206,337 live in poverty
  • 66,060 children live below the poverty line
  • 30,232 worked this past year and are poor
  • 4,293 worked 12 months out of the year and, in spite of their work, was still poor

In a September 10th interview with the Star-Telegram, State demographer Karl Eschbach gave a sobering reminder that the data on income and poverty do not reflect the recession’s impact on earnings. Texas didn’t really enter the recession until late 2008, so the poverty numbers won’t reflect that until next year.  “In some respect, those are some of the best years for Texas in relation to the nation since 1981 or 1982. But for poverty and income, I would expect to see numbers in the next round to not look as good,” said Karl.

If you missed the Statesman’s recent report on Austin’s poverty numbers, read it here.

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