Does San Antonio Have The Lowest Per Capita Income Among Texas’ Biggest Cities?

Our weekly check-in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

By Alexandra HartFebruary 19, 2020 5:20 pm,

Former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros was promoting a new transportation plan during a recent city council meeting when he said, “We are a poor city. We have the lowest per capita income of any major Texas city.”

Is that a fact? Madlin Mekelburg of the PolitiFact Texas fact-checking team has the answer.

Cisneros, who was also secretary of housing and urban development under President Bill Clinton, was discussing the city’s need for more transportation money when he made that claim, Mekelburg says. He said that kind of investment could transform the “poor” city. Cisneros left public office  in 1997, and has since worked in finance and other sectors. His wife is former San Antonio City Councilwoman Mary Alice Cisneros.

Hear how Cisneros’ claim scored in the player above.


Written by Morgan Kuehler.