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California Poverty by County and Legislative District

These data sets contain information on poverty for all of California’s counties and state assembly, state senate, and US congressional districts (2013-2015 average), calculated according to the California Poverty Measure (CPM). These data sets include poverty and child poverty rates, a representative poverty threshold, and estimates of poverty in the absence of major safety net programs. These data are based on the authors’ calculations from the California samples of the American Community Survey, along with a number of other auxiliary data sources. The CPM is a joint research effort between PPIC and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. For more on the CPM, including methodological changes that affect comparability with prior estimates, see Bohn et al., The California Poverty Measure (PPIC, 2013) and Wimer et al., CPM 2012: Poverty Rates and Safety Net Impacts across the State (2015).

CPM data are associated with a number of PPIC reports, including
Just the Facts: Poverty in California
Just the Facts: Child Poverty in California
Geography of Child Poverty in California (and interactive map)

Please contact Sarah Bohn at, Caroline Danielson at, or Tess Thorman at for answers to any questions concerning these data.

California Poverty by County, 2013-2015
(24.4 KB, Excel)

California Poverty by State Assembly District, 2013-2015
(104 KB, Excel)

California Poverty by State Senate District, 2013-2015
(28.1 KB, Excel)

California Poverty by US Congressional District, 2013-2015
(28.9 KB, Excel)

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