Poverty rate for Buffalo area is below U.S. average

February 17, 2012 Updated Feb 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by G. Scott Thomas, Projects Editor

February 17, 2012 Updated Feb 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM EDT

The poverty rate for the Buffalo metropolitan area is ever-so-slightly below the national average, according to a report released Friday morning.

New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau peg the poverty rate for the metro, which includes Erie and Niagara counties, at precisely 10.0 percent.

The national average is 10.1 percent. Click here for a database with rates for 942 metropolitan and micropolitan areas.

Poverty status is determined by the Census Bureau, based on a sliding scale that takes income and household size into account. The current rates were generated by the bureau's 2010 American Community Survey, indicating the percentage of all families who were below the poverty line.

Raymondville, Texas, is saddled with the highest poverty rate in the nation. Two of every five Raymondville residents -- 39.4 percent -- are living below the federal poverty line.

Next on the list is Rio Grande City-Roma, Texas, with a poverty rate of 35.1 percent.

Texas and Mississippi dominate the poverty rankings. Each state has five communities in the national top 10, accounting for half of America's 10 poorest areas.

The poverty rates were included in a new report by On Numbers, an online service of American City Business Journals Inc., the parent company of Business First.

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