Poverty and Social Programs in California

The gray icons represent the number of people in poverty. The orange icons show the additional number in poverty if a program is removed. Each icon represents 10,000 Californians.


SOURCEThe California Poverty Measure: A New Look at the Social Safety Net

NOTES: The 2011 American Community Survey serves as the base data for these estimates. These estimates capture program effects on overall California Poverty Measure rates. Benefits from programs such as social security, unemployment insurance, and veterans’ benefits are included in our totals, but are not isolated for their individual effects.