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City’s poverty rate dips slightly, but income remains stagnate

September 13, 2018

New census numbers released today show poverty has declined slightly inside San Antonio’s city limits, but income remains stagnate.

And the share of San Antonio residents covered by health insurance has declined, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau today.

Among the findings:

The city’s median household income last year was $50,044. That’s a decline from 2016, when income was slightly higher at $50,328, a figure adjusted for inflation.

The statewide median household income jumped from $57,572 in 2016 to $59,206 last year, the data show. That 2016 figure also reflects adjustments for inflation.

San Antonio’s poverty rate also inched downward to 17.3 percent last year — an improvement from the 18.5 percent poverty rate recorded in 2016.

The city’s poverty rate remains higher than Texas’ statewide poverty rate of 14.7 percent.

The city also saw a slight erosion in health insurance coverage last year. Its share of uninsured residents inched up slightly in that one-year period to 16.5 percent.

“You’re not seeing any real dramatic shifts there,” State Demographer Lloyd Potter said of the latest numbers. “And I find that a little bit strange ... San Antonio’s adding more people than any other city in the country, and yet we’re barely moving the needle and perhaps moving it backwards slightly.”

Annual population estimates previously released in May showed San Antonio recorded the biggest raw numeric growth in population among all U.S. cities of 50,000 residents or more. The city gained 24,208 residents between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017 — an average of 66 people per day.

For more on this story, visit ExpressNews.com or read the Thursday edition of the San Antonio Express-News.

Peggy O’Hare is a staff writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read her on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | pohare@express-news.net | Twitter: @Peggy_OHare

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