This interactive map shows 2012-2014 average poverty rates according to both the California Poverty Measure (CPM) and the official poverty measure. It also shows a representative CPM poverty threshold for each county: the dollar amount that signals poverty for a family of four that rents. 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. The CPM is a joint research effort between PPIC and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality.
NOTES: Poverty rates averaged across 2012-2014. Poverty thresholds are for a family of four that rents its place of residence. Estimates for some counties are not shown because of wide margins of error (calculated for a 99% confidence interval). All estimates are subject to uncertainty due to sampling variability. The uncertainty is greater for less populous counties and county groups (because of smaller survey sample sizes). Poverty rates for certain counties are calculated at the multi-county level because these counties are not individually identifiable in the data. 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).
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