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Poverty in California: Moving Beyond the Federal Measure

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Publication Date: January 2006

Publisher(s): Public Policy Institute of California

Author(s): Deborah Reed

Funder(s): Public Policy Institute of California

Funder(s): Public Policy Institute of California

Series: California Counts: Population Trends and Profiles v.7 no.4

Topic: Social conditions (Poverty and homelessness)

Type: Report

Coverage: California


The current federal measure of poverty for California (13.1% in 2004) does not take into account the state’s higher cost of living. Adjusting for rental costs, California’s poverty rate rises substantially, to 16.1 percent. This edition of California Counts uses a cost-adjusted measure to analyze the state’s poverty both demographically and regionally, making comparisons to federal findings. Without prescribing the “right” measure, the author points to several problems with the current federal poverty measure.