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Geography of Child Poverty in California

By Caroline Danielson, Sarah Bohn

One-quarter of young children across the state live in poverty. In inland regions, reducing child poverty requires efforts to improve job opportunities. In many coastal regions, increasing access to affordable housing will help.


Geography of Child Poverty in California

This interactive map highlights local variation in poverty among young children age 0–5 across California. It also shows demographic traits and family resources, as well as factors that can affect poverty, such as parents’ education and employment, cost of living, and the social safety net.


Geography of Child Poverty in California

More than 750,000 children under age 5 live in poverty in California, and areas with high rates of child poverty are found in nearly every region of the state. Research fellow Sarah Bohn outlines these and other key findings from a report by PPIC. After her presentation, a panel of experts discusses local factors that affect child poverty.


Reducing Child Poverty in California

This interactive tool allows you to explore how changes to housing costs, minimum wage, and the social safety net could affect child poverty statewide and in your county.

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Geographic Variation in Poverty across California

By Tess Thorman

Poverty in California varies dramatically by region. PPIC's new interactive maps show these disparities across counties and US congressional, state senate, and state assembly districts.

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Video: Reaching Children in Poverty

By Linda Strean

Understanding how child poverty varies geographically can help address this challenge. At a PPIC event, local service providers describe their approaches.

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