Community Status Report

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The 2016 Community Status Report is the 18th publication. The reports provide statistics in health, safety, education, economics and population for the South Plains area. There are comparisons to state and national statistics, along with trends over a period of years. Access to the information leads to better awareness and understanding of the underlying issues and problems facing the community. Readers can see the progress or lack of progress that has been made in the areas of concern. Resources can be raised and invested to achieve long-term, sustained community improvements.
In this report

  • There is good news about adolescent mothers and early prenatal care rates

  • The Lubbock economy continues to grow

  • The percentage of economically disadvantaged students in Region 17 went down for the first time since a slight dip in 2007-08

  • In Region 17, the percentage of dropouts has been cut in half over the last eight years

  • Many high school graduates in the U.S. are not prepared for a career or college

  • The narrowing gap between the number of married and unmarried Americans

  • The increasing median age when Americans first marry

  • The growing epidemic of drug overdose deaths

The reports are made possible by support from the City of Lubbock, Lubbock County, Lubbock ISD, Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Covenant Health and UMC Health System.

[Click here to view a PDF of the 2016 Community Status Report]