Suburban poverty across the nation is increasing at an alarming rate, and its double the rate of poverty in cities, according to recent research by the Brookings Institution. The level of suburban poverty in Texas is growing faster than the national average. That’s due to Texas’ booming population and the growth of affordable housing in the suburbs while many inner-city areas of Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio become more expensive. People with lower incomes are pushed out to suburban communities where housing might be more affordable. Between 2007 and 2010, the number of unemployed Texans living in the suburbs more than doubled.
Source: Brookings Institution
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