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Poverty on the High Plains

By Ben Briscoe
NewsChannel 10

The amount of people living in poverty is growing twice as fast in rural areas over urban ones according to new information out this week from the US Census Bureau. That means that the panhandle is being hit hard -- seeing some of the highest rates in decades. But the number of needy varies wildly depending on where you live.

Here's a ranking of counties by poverty rate, from highest to lowest:

1. Childress 25.4 percent

2. Hall 24.6

3. Potter 22.5

4. Floyd 21.9

5. Roosevelt 21.2

6. Collingsworth 20.4

7. Castro 19.9

7. Quay 19.9

9. Swisher 19.6

10. Deaf Smith 19.3

11. Curry 17.9

12. Donley 17.4

13. Cimarron 16.3

13. Briscoe 16.3

15. Union 16

16. Grey 14.7

17. Sherman 14.2

18. Moore 13.6

18. Dallaham 13.6

20. Oldham 13.5

21. Lipscomb 12.2

21.Texas 12.2

23. Ochiltree 12

23. Hansford 12

23. Wheeler 12

24. Beaver 10.9

25. Armstong 10

26. Hemphill 8.7

27. Carson 8.5

28. Randall 7.8

29. Roberts 6.7

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