A recent study by the Texas A&M University-Kingsville College of Business Administration finds at least three South Texas counties are reaping in economic bliss, but have a lot of work to do when it comes to poverty.

Those findings were presented during an economic forum on the TAMUK campus at noon Tuesday.

Professor Thomas Krueger focused his research on three Coastal Bend counties -- Aransas, Bee and Kleberg. All three share similar populations, and all three are enjoying an economic boom. The study compares everything from population-per-square-mile to ethnicity makeup and poverty levels.

The two counties with the lowest levels of education attainment are Kleberg and Bee, where more than 20-percent of their population is living in poverty.

Still, Krueger said the economy should help bolster those areas.

"Gas prices are approximately the same. Eagle Ford Shale is bringing in jobs," Krueger said. "We see that, you know, when it comes to Obamacare we've survived. We happen to have many people who haven't lost their healthcare and of course, this is an election year, and so people are feeling like if they don't like what's going on, we have a voice."

The study also finds that nearly half the participants believe they will be better off economically a year from now.