Despite Record Growth, San Antonio Still Ranks High in Poverty, Low Wages

posted by Jim Forsyth - 

San Antonio's explosive growth and strong economy is not trickling down to many residents, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released today, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

The percentage of residents in poverty is the second highest among the top 25 largest U.S. metro areas, behind only Detroit, at 14.5% living below the poverty line.

The city's poverty rate has declined from 2016.

The median household income in San Antonio last year, of just over $50,000, is more than $10,000 below the national average, and even $9,000 below the Texas average.

The median income in San Antonio has actually decreased slightly from 2016.

The Census Bureau says Texas is still among the the handful of states with lowest level of health insurance.  More than 14% of the state's residents don't have health insurance, a reflection of the fact that undocumented immigrants are not eligible for Obamacare.

These numbers come at a time when San Antonio is adding population at a faster rate than any other big city in the US.

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