California Poverty Measure Data

The California Poverty Measure is a state-specific index of poverty, modeled on the Census Bureau's Supplemental Poverty Measure, that improves upon traditional poverty measures. Unlike traditional measures, the CPM accounts for necessary expenditures like child care and out-of-pocket health costs, adjusts for geographic differences in housing costs, and includes tax credits, food assistance, and other non-cash benefits in the resources available to help families meet basic needs. The CPM is jointly produced by the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality and the Public Policy Institute of California.

See the complete description of the Center's California Poverty Measure research for more details about this research and additional CPM publications.


CPM Poverty Data for Fall 2021


The most recent CPM Fall 2021 estimates were produced using an experimental CPM methodology developed to address pandemic-related data limitations and to facilitate more current estimates. See the CPM Fall 2021 methodology details:


CPM Poverty Data for 2011 Through 2019

 These estimates are available in reports published by the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality:


See the methodology details: