The poverty rate in the Rural Capital Area was to 9.3% in 2018, an increase from 8.8% in the prior year. Still, the poverty rate in the region is much lower than the US poverty rate of 13.1%.
Poverty rates across the Rural Capital Area vary significantly, with the lowest rate in Williamson County (6.4%) and the highest in Caldwell County (14.1%). Poverty rates are down in four counties but increased in Bastrop, Burnet, Fayette, Hays, and Williamson counties. Fayette County’s poverty rate increase by 2.5 percentage points, the largest increase among counties in the region.
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