According to recent polls, Texas continues to lead the nation in several important categories AP Photo/Michael Stravato
**ADV FOR WEEKEND MAY 23RD** An African American library and archives is planned to be housed at the former Edgar M. Gregory School, Houston's first public school for black pupils in the historic Freedmen's town area of Houston Sun April 27, 2008. (AP Photo/Michael Stravato)

A recent survey shows Houston is the nation’s 13th most illiterate city.

This isn’t news to the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Center, which estimates nearly 25 percent of Houston’s adults to be functionally illiterate.

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That’s about 330,000 people who, according to the Center’s website, can’t “manage daily activities and employment tasks that require reading skills beyond a basic level in any language.”

Because low literacy has been shown to cause far-reaching social and economic problems, perhaps it’s not a surprise Texas leads the nation in some other areas, as well.

According to a list compiled by Community Impact, Texas is also 13th in the nation for its poverty rate at 15.9 percent in 2015.

This is down from three years ago, when the rate was over 17 percent, however, Texas has nearly double the number of uninsured individuals than anywhere in the country, and its obesity rate rounds out the top 10 fattest states, with more than 30 percent of the population being obese.

Despite these concerning rankings, Texas’ population is growing faster, getting younger, and getting paid more than most other states, and the trends aren’t predicted to change anytime soon.

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For more fun facts, visit the Texas Comptroller’s interactive tool to see how the Lone Star State stacks up to the other 49.


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