Many of Houston’s poor neighborhoods have only become poorer in the last 40 years despite strong, if not record, economic expansions over much of those four decades, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data.

Houston has the second largest number of census tracts in the country in which the poverty rate rose above 30 percent in 2018 from less than 20 percent in 1980, according to a report by the Economic Innovation Group, a Washington think tank. Only Detroit had more neighborhoods that saw such a broad increase in poverty rates.

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