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
How Much Do Working Families and Individuals Benefit From the CalEITC?
This interactive tool shows how much families and individuals can expect to receive from the state Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) and the federal credit based on their tax filing status, the number of children they support, and their annual earnings from work.
CalFresh Cuts Poverty in All Congressional Districts
This Fact Sheet shows that CalFresh food assistance significantly reduces the rate and severity of poverty throughout California and warns that federal proposals to cut and change eligibility for SNAP through the Farm Bill would reduce SNAP’s ability to mitigate poverty.
Making Ends Meet: How Much Does It Cost to Support a Family in California?
This report and interactive tool provides estimates on basic household budgets across four family types statewide and for each of California’s 58 counties.