Texarkana USA Income and Poverty Data
Below are the poverty level data analysis for Texarkana Arkansas/Texas based on information as reported by the US Census available at factfinder.census.gov as of May 10, 2018.
One should be mindful that statistics are estimates and do not purport to be precise. Statistics give one an idea of what is probably going on based on available data. They are useful to identify areas of strength and weakness, areas to be celebrated and warning that areas need attention.
The poverty guidelines for the analyzed years are provided below. Year 2018 is included for information purposes although poverty tables for the concerned cities are not yet available for 2018. Complete poverty guideline tables may be found here as published by the Federal Government.
|Year||One Person||Each Additional Person||Family of Four|
The given dollar amounts in the above table represent 100% of the poverty level. So for example for 2009 for a family of four, 50% of the poverty level would be 22,050 x .50 = $11,025 and 125% would be 22,050 x 1.25 = $27,562.50. Anyone whose income fall below the 100% level is considered poor according to the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Of course, many factors come into play as to whether a family/person is able to meet his/her quality life needs. That is why these levels are called guidelines.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) provides an analysis of the impact of Government Economic Security Programs (ESP) such as Food Stamps and rental assistance on reducing poverty. CBPP says ESP helps to move people above the poverty guidelines thresholds. However, these same people may yet struggle because ESP generally is intended to only cover the essentials of things like food and housing. But ESP might not adequately, if at all, cover things like daycare, transportation, cable TV, telephone, and clothing. A car payment for a reliable car or repair expenses for an unreliable car can be a burden even for people just over the poverty guidelines thresholds.
The below tables will show that far too many of our citizens find it difficult to achieve a high quality life; this applies to persons of all races and genders. There are many reasons for this of course. This includes personal bad choices, parents’ bad choices, ancestors’ bad choices, societal institutionalized obstacles, etc. Much of the nation-wide racial tension stems from perceived/actual institutional obstacles and their affect on quality of life and ample equitable opportunities. Sometimes such perceptions can be untrue yet have a negative impact on society. Sometimes such perceptions are of real/actual/true happenings. Both need ample attention.
In Matthew 26:11 Jesus says “For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.” I do not believe Jesus was suggesting that the poor should settle for remaining poor nor that the non-poor should ask the poor to so settle. In this event, he was addressing a particular situation.
In Matthew 25 and the rest of scripture, there are clearly principles outlined that say the poor should righteously seek a quality life according to that person’s reasonable quality standards and that the non-poor especially the highly-rich should help the poor to so do (Deuteronomy 15:11; Prov 14:31; Luke 16:19-22, 23-24).
Below are the American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Estimates Of Selected Characteristics of People at Specified Levels of Poverty in the Past 12 Months. Years 2005-2009 and Years 2012-2016 are included to contrast and show the trends for the two periods. Categories covered include age, sex, race, and living arrangement. This data is an extract of the factfinder data tables as the table has been modified to omit the margin of error information. Full data tables are available at the above factfinder link.
Racial Disparities shown in above tables are below. Percentages refer to the corresponding percentage of the White and Black populations within the corresponding city for the corresponding year. This table considers only the Black and White races since they comprise the majority of the population in the two cities. In the table PL = Poverty Level. Percentage are for those less than 100% PL and less than 50% PL. Since original publication of this post, the below table has been updated to include data for Year 2017 which has become available. The table shows that in 2016 Texarkana, Arkansas average Poverty Rate for blacks and whites combined was 25% and for Texarkana, Texas it was 28.3% for the below 100% level. In 2017 it was 26.2% and 29% for Texarkana, Arkansas and Texarkana, Texas, respectively, for the below 100% level.
|City||Year||Whites (<100% PL)||Blacks (<100% PL)||Whites (<50% PL)||Blacks (<50% PL)|
See Texarkana Arkansas School District report for related educational statistics.
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