Poverty is being measured in a different way by the authors of a new study published jointly by the Stanford University and the Public Policy Institute of California. Unlike the U.S. Census Bureau, which looks at only a family's income, this statewide study takes into consideration factors like tax credits and tax liabilities, daycare and commuting costs, and out-of-pocket medical expenses. All those factors will vary depending on where a family lives.
As a result, the study findings say some 22 percent of California residents lived in poverty in 2011. That is approximately eight-million people or two-million more than the federal numbers indicate.