California’s Poverty Rate Goes Down, but 7.5 Million Remain Poor

Nearly 1 in 5 Californians lived in poverty in 2015, according to the newest data from the California Poverty Measure. The poverty rate declined to 19.5 percent, down 1.1 percentage points from 2014, and down 2.3 percentage points since 2011. The California Poverty Measure (CPM), a joint research product of the Public Policy Institute of California and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, draws on administrative and survey data to deliver the state’s most comprehensive measure of poverty.

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Publication Date: 
October, 2017