There has been some disagreement of late about how many Americans are facing the most dire forms of poverty. In light of this discussion, our new fact sheet on poverty in California is especially relevant. Are there 20,000 Californians in deep poverty? 200,000? Or 2 million? By using administrative and survey data to deliver the California Poverty Measure, the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality and the Public Policy Institute of California are able to address these and other key questions. Here’s what we found:
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- The deep poverty rate is high: 2.1 million Californians lived in deep poverty in 2016. This is unchanged from 2015.
- Nearly 20 percent of Californians are poor: 7.4 million Californians lived in poverty in 2016. Over the last five years, California poverty has declined just 11 percent.
- The safety net protects against poverty: Without safety net programs, an additional 4.8 million Californians would be poor.