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Featured Blog Post · October 8, 2021

Recent State Crime Trends Mostly Mirror the Nation

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A majority of the 6 million students in California’s public schools are “high need”—low-income, English Learner (EL), or foster youth.
2 in 3 Californians support the state making its own policies to address global warming.
90% Most Californians say housing affordability is a problem in their part of the state.
In 2021, California lost population for the first time in state history.
The past 20 years have been the warmest in California history, making droughts more intense.
55% Share of Californians who say racism is a big problem in the US today.
Immigrants make up a growing share of California workers with college degrees.
Nearly half of California children participate in CalFresh, CalWORKs, or both over their early years.
3M The number of jobs lost in California from February to May 2020.
Gun deaths drove California’s largest-ever rise in homicides.
29% Share of K–12 students who lack reliable internet service at home.
California’s prison population fell by 27,500 prisoners during the pandemic, or 7,500 more than any other state.
27% of Californians are foreign-born, more than any other state.