15 percent living in poverty in California

November 30, 2011

The number of Californians in poverty jumped by more than 20 percent between 2005 and 2010, according to a new estimate from the US Census Bureau.

The Bureau reports that about 5.8 million Californians were below the poverty line in 2010. The current poverty level is an income of $22,350 for a family of four.

In 2005, 4.7 million people in California were living in poverty. That’s an increase of 23.4 percent in five years.

For children under 18, the poverty rate has increased from 18.5 percent to 22 percent since 2005.

For data broken down by county and school district, see these tables at the Census Bureau website.

–Daniel Weintraub

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