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More than 1 in 5 Californians lives in poverty, when poverty is measured accounting for the cost of housing and a range of household resources.

More than 1 in 5 Californians lives in poverty, when poverty is measured accounting for the cost of housing and a range of household resources.

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Families in poverty or near poverty are most likely to require family support and assistance meeting basic needs. This California poverty fact sheet is updated when new data for the California Poverty Measure (CPM) are produced by PPIC and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. In 2013, the most recent year for which CPM data are available, 21.0% of Californians were poor when poverty is measured using the CPM, which accounts for the local cost of living and a broad range of family resources, including safety net benefits like CalFresh (food stamps) and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The CPM poverty rate would have been 8.4% higher if not for safety net benefits.

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