Poorest: Escobares, Tex.

People below poverty level: 92.5 percent
Total population: 1,465
U.S. average: 13.5 percent

Escobares, a small town in Starr County, Tex., that covers about 1 square mile by the Mexico border, has the highest poverty rate among places with populations larger than 1,000. Many households in this city, incorporated in 2005, receive food stamp benefits or cash assistance. Median household income is $12,628, and per capita income is $3,486, U.S. Census data show for 2005-09.

Data source: U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey five-year estimates 2005-09
 
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