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While the richest neighborhoods in Texas’ most dynamic cities [Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio] have grown much richer as the recovery wore on, the poorest parts of the state fell even further behind.


More than two million Texans live in ZIP codes that fell from “at-risk,” which is the second-lowest group, to “distressed” over the same period. A majority of those ZIP codes are rural; many of them lie in areas that rely disproportionately on the volatile oil and gas industries and lack economic cushions when energy prices fall and drilling slows.


“It’s certainly not a rising-tide-lifting-everybody story,” said John Lettieri, the president of the Economic Innovation Group. “The gains are not being segregated in other states in the way that they are in Texas.” In the Texas economy, he added, “it’s superstar cities, and then it’s rural and everybody else.”
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