Poverty rates in California

1 in 5:Ratio of California’s children living in poverty.

6.1 million: Total number of people living at or below the poverty line, as measured by the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measures.

45%:The percentage of poor adults who grew up in poverty.

38.1%:The share of black children under the age of 6 living poverty.

22%:Rates of single mothers with children under the age of 18 in California. Single-parent households have become a growing demographic across the nation.

73%:Female-led households.

1 in 3:Ratio of African-Americans and Latinos being raised by a single mother.

7 million:The number of uninsured people in the state. Medical-out-of-pocket expenses are among the largest drivers of poverty under the Supplemental Poverty Measures.

300:School districts with at least 25 percent of children living in poverty.

37.9%:Lake County’s percentage of poor kids. It has the highest share among California’s 58 counties.

3.7%:Calaveras County’s share of impoverished youngsters, the lowest proportion in the state.

Facts by Rosa Ramirez| Reporter
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