December 16, 2017
High poverty rates plague California
SAN FRANCISCO - (INT) – California’s poverty rate still remains above pre-recession levels.

According to official estimates, 14.3% of Californians lacked enough resources—about $24,000 per year for a family of four—to meet basic needs in 2016. The rate it is well above the recent low of 12.4% reached in 2007. Moreover, the poverty line does not account for California’s housing costs or other critical family expenses and resources.

Nearly one in five (19.2%) Californians were not in poverty but lived fairly close to the poverty line, according to the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC).

Los Angeles (24.9%) and Santa Cruz (24.8%) Counties had the highest poverty rates in California (2013–2015 average). Placer and El Dorado Counties had the lowest.

Riverside County was at 19% and San Bernardino at 18.7%.

Latinos (27.0%) had much higher poverty rates than whites (13.5%)

In 2015, 79.4% of poor Californians lived in families with at least one working adult.
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