2. Brownsville-Harlingen, Tex. Median household income
: $32,070 Population
: 414,123 (124th highest) Unemployment rate
: 11.8% (36th highest) Pct. households below poverty line
: 34.1% (2nd highest)
Brownsville, located in the very southern portion of Texas, has its fair share of economic woes. About 34% of households lived in poverty, the second-highest percentage of all metro areas, and 10.6% of all households earned less than $10,000 a year. More than a third of residents did not have health insurance in 2011, the third-highest rate in the country. Yet the region showed some signs of improvements. While still the second-lowest in the country, median home values rose more than 5% between 2010 and 2011 as values fell or remained nearly flat for the majority of metro areas.
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