Report: More than 18 percent of San Antonio residents lived in poverty in 2018


By Vimbai Chikomo | Feb 19, 2020

A recent report released by San Antonio shows that more than 18 percent of city residents lived in poverty in 2018.

According to the city’s State of Poverty report, 18.6 percent of San Antonio residents lived below the poverty line in 2018 – more than 3 percent higher than Texas as a whole, and more than 4 percent higher than the U.S. overall. Hispanics and African Americans were affected most by poverty in the city.

The report also compared rates of poverty among women in San Antonio, Bexar County, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Texas and the U.S. as a whole and found that San Antonio ranked third highest after Dallas and Houston at 19.7 percent. Dallas and Houston both had 23.8 percent, while Texas and the U.S. had 17.5 percent and 15.8 percent, respectively.

“Single-parent families are particularly affected by poverty – 55 percent of San Antonio households living in poverty have a single female as the head of household,” the report said.

A look at the breakdown by age showed that 27.2 percent of people living in poverty in San Antonio were under 18 – a higher percentage than in Austin, Bexar County, Texas and the U.S. overall; 29.6 percent of those living in poverty in San Antonio were children under the age of five.

The report also showed that a significant number of seniors in the city were financially strapped in 2018.

“For people over 65 years of age, 12.6 percent were living in poverty. This is higher than the United States, Texas, Bexar County and Austin. Since seniors commonly receive assistance, the proportion of the population below the poverty threshold is lower than the overall rate,” the report said.

According to the U.S. Census, San Antonio has a higher percentage (9.3 percent) of working poor than Texas and the U.S., which had 8 and 6.9 percent, respectively.

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