Our state has a diverse and dynamic economy. Yet, a large share of Californians live in poverty, wages for the typical worker have been stagnant over the past generation, and the gap between the wealthiest and the less well-off is widening. Through our analyses of employment, incomes, and overall economic security, the Budget Center seeks to shed light on state and regional trends while highlighting potential policy approaches for helping low- and middle-income Californians to advance.
Work, Income & Poverty
With Many California Communities Still Economically Distressed, the New Congress Should Prioritize Policies That Improve People’s Economic Well-Being
This Fact Sheet highlights the latest Census data to show that poverty touches every one of our state’s congressional districts, with inland and suburban areas being hit the hardest.
Many Communities Across California Still Face Significant Economic Challenges
This Fact Sheet provides a snapshot of the wide variation among counties’ poverty rates and child poverty rates for 2015, the most recent year for which data are available.
Inequality and Economic Security in Silicon Valley
This report examines the dimensions of income inequality in Silicon Valley and key trends over time, while also discussing the role that state and local policies — especially concerning housing — can play in promoting inclusive economic growth in the region.