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As Promised, Those Dallas-Fort Worth Details from the American Human Development Index

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True to his word, John Keaten, who's handling PR duties for the just-released  The Measure of America 2010-2011: Mapping Risks and Resilience, sent over a few stats about Dallas-Fort Worth that didn't make the massive doc -- involving, specifically, income, education and health breakdowns "by race." But before you go, you might want to jump over to the accompanying map, which allows you to look at the area by zip code and Congressional district, which'll come in handy once you reach the other side.

Dallas - Ft. Worth Metro Area

on the American Human Development Index

The Dallas - Ft. Worth metro area ranks 9th among the 10 most populous metro areas in the country on the American Human Development Index. The Metroplex area scores 5.11 on the Index, compared to 4.67 for the entire state of Texas and 5.17 for the nation as a whole. DFW places ahead of the Houston metro area (5.02) but behind the Washington DC, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Miami metro areas on the Index, which ranges from 0 to 10.

Scores for the metro area as a whole obscure gaps between communities within it however. A typical resident of TX-3, which includes the northern suburbs of Dallas, is 2 ½ times as likely to have at least a Bacehlor's degree and earns about $10,000 more than a resident of TX-30, which includes most of Dallas County.

Median personal earnings in TX-17, which includes the area south of the Metroplex in Tarrant and Grimes Counties, at only $23,000, are comparable to the typical earnings of the nation as a whole in the mid-1970s.


Asian Americans have the longest estimated life expectancy at birth in the metro area at 87.8 years, followed by Latinos at 84.7, whites at 78.3 and African Americans at 74.4. Life expectancy at birth for the entire population of the DFW area is 78.5, essentially on par with the life expectancy for the nation as a whole.


While only 7.3% of white adults in the Dallas - Ft. Worth metro area have not completed high school, 51.5% of Latino's have not.

More than 1 in every 2 Asian American adults in the metro area has at least a Bachelor's degree compared to about 1 in 3 whites, 1 in 5 African Americans and less than 1 in 10 Latinos.


While the typical white worker in the DFW area earns almost $40,000 annually, the typical Latino worker earns about half as much.

White workers in the Dallas - Ft. Worth metro area earn the most (about $40,000), followed by Asian Americans ($37,030), African Americans ($27,576), and Latinos ($21,474).

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