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Texarkana Texas Overview and Crime Rate Statistics

Located on the border of Texas and Arkansas, Texarkana is a city situated in Bowie County, Texas, United States. Roughly 180 miles northeast of Dallas, Texarkana is a twin city with its Arkansas counterpart of the same name. Although how its name came to remain a mystery, it is widely believed to have been railroad surveyor, Colonel Gus Knobel, who in the fall of 1873, gave the city its name, Texarkana, which he saw as the intersection between 3 states, i.e., Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

Since its inception, Texarkana's economy was primarily based on timber, cotton, wood products and rail transportation. By the turn of the 20th Century, Texarkana had expanded its role as a transportation hub with major highways joining the railways, crisscrossing the face of the city drawing in homesteaders and investors from around the country. Texarkana is situated at the junction of Interstate 30 and U.S. Highways 59, 67, 71 and 82. It falls in the Central Time Zone.

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Texarkana Texas Demographics and Economy

As per the 2018 United States census data, Texarkana, Texas has a total population of 37,333. Of which 51.8% are white, 35.8% are African American, 7.25% Hispanic, 1.8% Asian, 0.4% American Indian and 1.4% other. The population density is 1284.63 people per square mile, and the household density is 219.71 per square mile. The median age of a Texarkana adult is pegged at 35.7yrs, wherein the adult male median age is 33.9yrs and 38yrs that of an adult female Texarkana resident.

 The Texarkana sex ratio stands at 52.22% female and 47.78% male respectively. Of the total population, 66.8% are dependent, of which 23.3% are dependent elderly and 43.5% are dependent children respectively. Based on research conducted in 2017 by the American Community Survey, Texarkana, the average household size is 2.47 members. The median income of households in Texarkana, Texas is $39,026 while the mean household income is $64,672. Of the total 58,855 household units, 36,994 are owner-occupied, while 21,861 units are leased. 

The median rent for a house in Texarkana is $704 and is valued at $115,300. The average car ownership in Texarkana is two cars per household. The minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. Most common job sectors are as follows: Retail trade(15%), manufacturing(14%), construction(8%), health care(8%), scientific and technical services(6%) and public administration(8%). According to a recently released annual financial report, the city had $36.0 million in revenues, $37.0 million in expenditures, total assets worth $18.9 million, $3.5 million in total liabilities and investments worth $7.2 million. Although historically Texarkana had always been a Democratic state, it is currently represented by the Republicans in both houses of the Texas State Legislature.

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Texarkana Texas Crime and Public Safety

Texarkana, Texas has one of the highest crime rates in America. The city ranks high in motor vehicle theft in the U.S. according to a crime report submitted by the FBI. The chances of a Texarkana resident falling victim to a violent crime is 1 in 17. 97% of all other Texan communities have a lower crime rate than that of Texarkana. When it comes to property crimes, the city is just as bad. It is ranked number 3 on the safest U.S. cities to live in the index, 100 being the safest.

Its overall crime rate is 108% higher than that of the average crime rate of Texas and 128% higher than the average national crime rate. This has had adverse collateral consequences in several sectors of the state including employment, education, housing, and civil rights. A convicted felon automatically loses the right to vote or run for public office. A conviction of more than one year results in the loss of the right to own a firearm. Students convicted in a drug offense automatically forfeits his right to financial aid from the federal government. Also, subsidies on federal housing policies are also withdrawn for drug offenders. All offenders also lose their license to work in the city and have to forfeit their property, cash, home, vehicles, etc. under the federal law.

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