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
New Census Figures Show That 1 in 5 Californians Struggle to Get By
This report looks at the latest US Census poverty figures for California, showing that under the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), our state continues to have the highest poverty rate of any state.
Official Poverty Measure Shows Some Progress in California, but Federal Proposals Could Increase Economic Hardship
This report looks at the US Census official poverty measure figures for California, showing that millions of Californians, including many children, lived in poverty in 2016 in spite of our state’s recent economic gains.
Californians in All Parts of the State Pay More Than They Can Afford for Housing
This Fact Sheet shows that many Californians are considered housing “cost-burdened” and how low-income households and people of color are especially impacted by high housing costs.