National Hispanic Poverty Rate Falling, But Dallas Still Has Catching Up to Do, Census Data Shows

The national Hispanic poverty rate fell to an all-time low in 2017, continuing a years-long downward trend, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.But while the poverty rate among Hispanics in Dallas has also been falling for the past few years, the city’s rate remains higher than the national average and some believe more must be done to help Hispanic and black residents get out of poverty.Ashley Edwards, chief of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Poverty Statistics branch, said the Current Population Survey found that 2017 was the third consecutive year the national Hispanic poverty rate fell.From 2016 to 2017, the rate fell 1.1 percent, making it the largest drop since the survey began tracking Hispanic poverty in 1972, according to the Census Bureau report released in the fall of 2018.   Continue reading...

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