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Soaring suburban poverty in Dallas area puts children’s health at risk, study finds

by Michael E. Young | Nov 10, 2014
As the counties north of Dallas have boomed in the 21st century, one area of growth is often overlooked: the poverty rate.

PLANO — As the counties north of Dallas have boomed in the 21st century, one area of growth is often overlooked: the poverty rate.

According to a new study produced by Children’s Health System of Texas and the Institute for Urban Policy Research at the University of Texas at Dallas, the population of children in Collin, Denton, Cooke, Grayson and Fannin counties grew by 48 percent between 2000 and 2012. But the poverty rate among children in those counties more than doubled, up 111 percent over the same period.

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