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January is National Poverty in America Awareness Mont

January is National Poverty in America Awareness Month
Texas has experienced significant growth in both its population and economy. However, poverty remains a major challenge for the State. January is Poverty in America Awareness Month, and we shared a series of social media posts highlighting some of these challenges.
Despite a notable reduction in the poverty rate from 17.9% to 14% over the past decade, Texas still exceeds the national average, ranking 11th among all states and the District of Columbia in 2022.


Poverty rates are particularly high among specific demographic groups. Between 2012 and 2022, children showed the most improvement, though 1 in 5 children are still living in poverty, putting them at a higher risk than any other age group. Additionally, the state has also seen a slight increase in the poverty rate among people over 65.

Poverty Rate for School Age Children (5-17) Living in Families, by School Districts in Texas, 2022
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) for 2022.

Created by the Texas Demographic Center.

Income disparities are also observed across regions, with central city school districts having higher poverty rates than suburban counterparts. Rural, West, and South Texas school districts have over a quarter living in poverty.


Income inequality can pose challenges for vulnerable populations. Although most Texas counties experienced a decrease in poverty over the decade, more counties experienced increased income inequality, representing a greater gap between higher and lower-income groups.

In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson, a native of Texas, declared an “unconditional war on poverty” and launched numerous social policy programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, which aimed to alleviate these issues. While millions of Texans have benefited from these programs, enrollment rates are consistently below the national average. Addressing the issues of poverty and income inequality becomes even more crucial with an aging population and a growing demographic of historically disadvantaged individuals.

Read more about our poverty research on Texas in our latest visualization.

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Population Projections Webinar

Join us on March 21, 2024 for our Population Projections Webinar. The Texas Demographic Center generates biennial population projections for the state and its counties by age, gender, and race/ethnicity. The webinar will provide an overview of our population projections methodology and process and seek user and stakeholder feedback.

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Free and Open to the Public

Save the Date – 2024 TDC Conference


We’re excited to announce that the 2024 TDC conference will take place on May 29-30, 2024, and will be held in Austin, TX at the Barbara Jordan State Office Building.

Updates will be posted on our conference webpage. We hope you can join us!

Census Bureau Releases Summary File for 2020 Census Detailed DHC-A

The U.S. Census Bureau released a Detailed DHC-A Summary File, meeting the demand for an alternative bulk data download method from the 2020 Census. This file provides the most detailed information on race, ethnicity, and tribes among all 2020 Census data products. It includes population size data and, for specific groups, sex-by-age counts, offering a comprehensive overview of demographics captured by the census.

The U.S. Census Bureau will be hosting a series of virtual meetings to gather input from important stakeholders from around the country to better prepare for the 2030 Census and we want Texas to be represented!

Register below for a series, space is limited to 60 attendees per meeting, so please RSVP as soon as possible to reserve your spot!

Note: If you are interested in this issue but are unable to join these meetings, please contact the Texas Demographic Center at to express your interest in providing feedback on planning for the 2030 Census.

2018-2022 American Community Survey 5-year Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) and Variance Replicate Estimates

The 2018-2022 ACS Five-Year Estimates were recently published by the U.S. Census Bureau. Additionally, this month, they introduced the ACS 5-year Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files and Variance Replicate Estimate (VRE) tables. Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files enable data users to create custom estimates and tables, free of charge, that are not available through ACS pre-tabulated data products. Variance Replicate Estimate tables include estimates, margins of error, and 80 variance replicates for selected American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year Detailed Tables.

A Thematic Session on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Evidence from the Microdata


January 31, 2024

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET

The Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDC) Presentation Series offers a virtual platform for researchers who have conducted research in an FSRDC using Census Bureau data to share their work. This session will feature 3 projects that use the restricted microdata to address topics related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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Webinar: An overview of Hispanics in America


February 8

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

This webinar provides an overview of the Hispanic population in the U.S. We will explore data from the 2020 Census Detailed Demographic and Housing Characteristics- File A (DHC-A) and the American Community Survey (ACS). You will also learn about available Census Bureau tools that provide free and easy access to data for your analysis of Hispanic trends. In this webinar, we will demonstrate accessing data on the Hispanic population’s language proficiency and language spoken at home.

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Population Projections Webinar


March 21, 2024

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (CST)

The Texas Demographic Center generates biennial population projections for the state and its counties by age, gender, and race/ethnicity. The webinar will provide an overview of our population projections methodology and process and seek user and stakeholder feedback.

Register Here
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