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California Tops the Nation in Poverty

California Tops the Nation in Poverty

California has the highest poverty rate in the nation according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

New data shows 23.6% of Californians, almost 9 million, are living below the poverty line.  That's set at $22,800 for a family of four.

The figures are similar to those recently released by the Public Policy Institute.  Their survey shows 22% of state residents, or just over 8 million, live in poverty.

Sacramento County comes in below the average with 17% of families living in poverty, defined as $27,500 for a family of four.

Yolo County had the highest percentage of families in poverty in the area according to the Public Policy Institute.  

That dubious honor becuase 23.6% of families live on less than $28,800.

 

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