Survey Finds 25 Percent Of Texas Kids In Poverty

AUSTIN (AP) – Texas has the second-highest birth rate in the nation and more than 25 percent of those children live in poverty.

That’s according to the annual Kids Count survey released Thursday. The number of children in Texas rose by nearly 1 million between 2000 and 2010, and accounted for more than half of the U.S. child population growth. But 39 percent of Texas mothers received no, or very late, prenatal care and the percentage of babies born underweight jumped 13 percent. The study is conducted every year by the Austin-based Center for Public Policy Priorities. The nonprofit and nonpartisan organizations advocate for solutions to poverty.

The study also reported that children without health insurance dropped from 20.8 percent in 2006 to 16.9 percent in 2009. High school drop-outs are also down.

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One Comment

  1. Lazarusbrands says:

    Yeah, and (p)Rick Perry wants to change the state tourism motto to: “Texas! It’s like a whole ‘nother [third world] country!”

  2. taxedmore says:

    The anchor baby thing ain’t working out? How about the single “mom” thing? How is that working for you liberals?

  3. Jake34 says:

    @taxedmore…you are a complete a$$. Texas is a Republican state with a Republican governor for the last 17 years.

    What morons you conservatives are.

  4. AK says:

    I know I live at the poverty level, but I do have health insurance for my baby and the father does help as much as possible (ie: child support, baby sitting, helping with general things and needs…) I am very glad for that drop. I think we may need to give out free condoms to people here, half the US population in a ten year span is amazing. Also get a 4 year degree is Business or anything besides Education right now. I have a worthless 4 year degree when they are laying off teachers all over the country. Good luck to all the parents out there I hope this statistic will get turned around for those families and children. (ALSO! What does being a Democrat or a Republican have to do with child poverty?)

    1. AK says:

      Also proof read your comments *in Business not “is”

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