A Snapshot of Children on the Texas Border

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Carsey Institute

March 7, 2004

Summary

This four-page Kids Count snapshot spotlights what life is like for children on the Texas border. Readers will review the longstanding challenges facing Texas border residents and learn about new opportunities and key indicators for child well-being in these communities.

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Key Takeaway

Inaction will lead to a poorer, less educated population in need of more public assistance

The time is ripe to implement public policies aimed at boosting the physical, social, emotional and educational development of Texas border residents. Taking the right steps today can lead to a better-prepared, more competitive workforce and an enhanced quality of life for tomorrow’s Texans.

Findings & Stats

Untapped Talent

Unemployment rates in Texas border counties run significantly higher—9.1%—than the national average of 5.6%.  

Cheap Real Estate

Though homeownership rates in Texas border counties are higher than the national average, the value of these homes is two-thirds lower than the national average. The concern? Lower home values = fewer opportunities for families to build financial equity.  

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