It should be noted that this is factoring people who are for the most part “on the books.” Factor in the people who are in the state illegally and the rate is probably a couple of notches higher.
Note that in California that government employees enjoy lavish pay and benefits, often deep into six figures. Note also that zoning ordinances and development restrictions have increased the price of homes putting basic housing out of reach for much of even the middle class.
If one is connected in California life can be quite good. If one is a typical middle class worker it is likely not so good. Perhaps you can get a job working on Nancy Pelosi’s vineyard.
(From the Sacramento Bee)
According to the Census Bureau, the share of Californians in poverty fell to 19 percent — a 1.4 percent decrease from last year…
…The poverty figures released Wednesday are said to paint the best picture of life for California’s working poor since it encompasses income from government programs and factors in the high cost of living in some corners of the state.