California Poverty The Worst In The Nation Again

With rising housing costs, California poverty levels once again lead the nation.

California is probably at the top of many lists. However, when it comes to poverty, it’s not a glamorous distinction to hold. For the second time, California’s poverty rate leads the nation according to the US Census Bureau. 

Supplemental Poverty Measurement

Supplemental poverty is rates are calculated by taking into account the many government programs designed to assist low-income families and individuals that are not included in the official poverty measures.

It is by this measure that California poverty rates are so high.

What Gives?

California spends a lot of money on government programs for low-income families. Of course, the cost of living in California is very high so “low income” is a relative term. According to some reports, earning $84,000 per year qualifies a California resident as “low income.”

The main culprit, however? The high cost of housing in California. According to Sara Kimberlin, senior policy analyst at the nonprofit California Budget and Policy Center.

“A really key reason why California’s poverty rate is so high is that we have very high housing costs in many parts of the state. And even in areas of the state where housing costs are not as high, many people struggle with high housing cost burden.”

By the supplemental measure, the California poverty rate is 19%. Compared to the national average of 14.1%, that’s pretty high. It remains to be seen how California will deal with it. However, cost of living in California is already pretty high and for the time being, it looks like it will continue to climb.

Cost of Living

If California poverty is a concern, it may be time to pick up and consider moving elsewhere. The high cost of living in California is no joke and some citizens have had enough. However, where will you go?

That’s where City vs City can help. City vs City is a powerful cost of living calculator which uses real data curated at the zip code level to determine cost of living expenses. We examine housing costs, state and local taxes, and more to determine the true cost of living in your city.

Then, use City vs City to compare your current living situation with another city of your choosing. You’ll see a side by side comparison of costs. As a result, you’ll see how your expenses would change (up or down) if you were to move to another city.

For example, let’s take a look at a popular California City, Los Angeles. LA is known as a high cost of living city. Let’s compare it with another major US city, in this case: Pittsburgh.

Not surprisingly, there’s a BIG difference in cost of living expenses between these two cities. This is just one example of how moving to a different city can really impact your costs!

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