Median household income:
$33,732 Percentage below poverty line:
33.4 percent (2nd highest) Unemployment rate:
12.6 percent Population:
Located on the southern tip of Texas, this exceptionally poor area has the nation's second highest poverty rate: Nearly 30 percent of residents receive food stamps -- the highest rate among all metropolitan areas in the country. The area also struggles with high population growth: The number of people there has more than doubled since 1980.
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