August 26, 2013

Poverty in California

California has more citizens in poverty = 6.1 million, and more children in poverty than any other State. California also has the highest percentage of its population living below the poverty line. According to a new type of Census Bureau calculation that takes into greater account cost of living, California now has a poverty rate of 23.5 percent.

The Public Policy Institute of California has released a statistical analysis of the issue of poverty in California. Among it findings were that poverty rates continue to soar in the aftermath of the Great Recession but have not yet reached the peak of the 1990s Latinos and African Americans have higher poverty rates than other groups and poverty varies widely in with education level. In addition, most poor families in California are working and poverty varies greatly across California’s counties.

A chart was produced that shows the poverty rates in most California counties. Four countries: Merced, Tulare, Imperial and Fresno have poverty rates over 25 percent, and another seven counties have poverty rates over 20 percent. The full report can be read here.

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