California Poverty Rates Higher than Previously Thought

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Twenty-two percent of Californian residents -- or 8.1 million -- are poor, according to a new study that uses a revised way of calculating poverty. The report by the Public Policy Institute of California and Stanford University also finds that one quarter of California's children and nearly a third of Latinos, the state's largest ethnic group, live in poverty. We discuss the "California Poverty Measure" report and what it reveals about the struggles of the state's poor.


Sarah Bohn, research fellow for the Public Policy Institute of California

Beth Mattingly, researcher at the Center for Poverty and Inequality at Sanford University