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.

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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.

Federal Poverty Guidelines

YearOne PersonEach Additional PersonFamily of Four
2009$10,830$3,740$22,050
2016 11,880Varies 24,300
2018 12,140 4,320 25,100

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 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 is 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.

Arkansas
Years 2005-2009

Years 2012-2016

Texas

Years 2005-2009

Years 2012-2016

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.

CityYearWhites Blacks Whites Blacks
Txk AR200911.4%35.8%4.9%18.1%
Txk TX200914.4%31.4%6.3%17.4%
Txk AR201614.1%35.9%6.4%19.7%
Txk TX201612.6%44.0%3.8%18.8%

See Texarkana Arkansas School District report for related educational statistics.






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