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Data Set

Poverty across California, 2021

This data set contains information on poverty for all of California’s counties, congressional districts, state senate districts, and state assembly districts, calculated according to the 2019 California Poverty Measure (CPM).

The data set includes poverty and child poverty rates, a representative poverty threshold, and estimates of poverty in the absence of major safety net programs, according to the CPM. The CPM is based on 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 that, unlike the official poverty measure developed by the US Census Bureau, takes into account the cost of living and resources from social safety net programs.

This data set includes the estimates presented in California Poverty by County and Legislative District.

For more information or questions, please contact Caroline DanielsonPatricia Malagon, and Sarah Bohn.

This research was supported with funding from Sunlight Giving.

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