This interactive map shows poverty rates according to both the California Poverty Measure (CPM) and the official poverty measure. It also shows poverty thresholds—the dollar amount that signals poverty for a family of four. In contrast to the official poverty measure, the CPM incorporates the state’s high—and variable—cost of living and the effect of social safety net programs.
: Data Set - California Poverty by County.
: Poverty thresholds are for a family of four that rents its place of residence. Data for some counties is not shown because of wide margins of error (calculated for a 99% confidence interval). Poverty rates for certain counties are calculated at the multi-county level because of sample size constraints. Official poverty rate calculated with CPM universe of households.