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Is College Worth It?

By Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Cesar Alesi Perez, Vicki Hsieh, Hans Johnson

Rising college costs and a reluctance to take on debt lead many students and families to wonder if college will actually yield a brighter future with higher earnings and better jobs. In this explainer, we explore whether the benefits of a college degree outweigh the costs.

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Eviction Rates Plunged During the Early Part of the Pandemic

By Joseph Herrera, Jennifer Paluch

Early in the pandemic, policymakers took various steps to protect renters from the economic disruptions caused by COVID-19. Evictions in California have declined sharply, though the expiration of key tenant protections are expected to cause evictions to increase.

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California’s African American Community

By Eric McGhee

The African American community in California has never been large, but it has been vital to our state’s political, economic, and cultural history. We look at how California’s African American population has changed over time and how it is faring.

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Homeless Populations Are Rising around California

By Jennifer Paluch, Joseph Herrera

Between 2020 and 2022, California’s homeless population increased by 6%. While this growth was largely concentrated in urban areas, the number of people experiencing homelessness declined in San Francisco and Orange County.

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Video: Californians and Their Government

By Vicki Hsieh

Researchers Rachel Lawler and Dean Bonner discuss key takeaways from the latest PPIC Statewide Survey, which examines the top issues for Californians in 2023, views on homelessness and housing affordability, the level of support for the governor’s proposed state budget, and other topics.

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Video: A Conversation with California’s Legislative Leadership

By Mary Severance

At our first in-person Speaker Series event in three years, State Senate leaders—Toni G. Atkins, President pro Tempore, and Brian Jones, Minority Leader—talked with PPIC president and CEO Tani Cantil-Sakauye about their legislative priorities for 2023.

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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Rachel Lawler, Deja Thomas

Key findings include overwhelming majorities say housing affordability and homelessness are a big problem; many Californians worry younger generations will be unable to afford a home. Majorities expect bad times ahead for the state financially. Approval of Newsom and Biden has remained steady, while approval has fallen for the US Supreme Court and Congress.

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Video: Californians and Their Economic Well-Being

By Vicki Hsieh

Researchers Dean Bonner and Rachel Lawler discuss key findings from the latest PPIC Statewide Survey, which examines views on the California economy, rising consumer prices, the availability of well-paying jobs, and other issues.

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Shrinking Household Size Strains California’s Housing Market

By Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Hans Johnson, Julien Lafortune

Changing demographic patterns during the pandemic—with Californians “spreading out” across more housing units—has boosted housing demand, while the pace of new construction has not kept up with the number of new households.

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