East Texas Counties On Poor List

Among the 200 poorest county's in the nation, four of them are right here in East Texas. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Gregg, Smith, Marion and Upshur counties are on the list, and are without federally-qualified community clinics.  Because of this designation, those counties could qualify for grants up to $650,000 to fund health care clinics for the poor.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, percentages of poverty level residents were 16 percent in Gregg county , 14 percent in Smith County, 15 percent in Upshur and 21 percent in Marion.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting.  bhallmark@kltv.com