New numbers from the U.S. Census that came out this week show that California still has the most poverty in the country.
According to CalMatters.org:
“The ‘supplemental’ rates are based on data from the past three years, and California has been at the top for a long time, almost entirely because of how much housing, energy, gas, and other things that people need cost there.”
“The new supplemental rate for the whole country is 9.8%, but once again, California has the highest rate at 13.2%, which is over a third greater than the rate for the whole country.”
“In a deep blue state like California, where left-leaning Dems. who claim to care about the impoverished are in complete control of politics, lies the greatest irony of the state’s extremely high poverty rate.”
CalMatters.org says that the area around Los Angeles has the most people living in poverty in the state, while the area around San Francisco has the least.
A greater supplementary poverty rate than California is only found in the District of Columbia, which is 14.8%, higher than any other jurisdiction—despite not being a state.
In 2018, City Journal said, “Unfortunately, with only 12 percent of the country’s population, California is home to about one-third of the country’s welfare users. The liberal spending hasn’t helped reduce poverty, and it seems that it may have made things worse.”
The Census report also revealed that, although the poverty rate for Black Americans decreased from 19.3% to 17.0% between 2021 and 2022, the official, non-supplemental rate throughout the United States remained at 11.5%, essentially unchanged from 2021.