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Poverty Rates In California

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Newly released census data shows that Tuolumne County had a 15.2% poverty rate in 2010. A family of four making $22,113 or less is considered living in poverty. Calaveras was at 11.1%, Amador 12.8%, and Mariposa 14.8%.

In the Central Valley rates were much higher. Stanislaus was at 19.7%, Medera 21.7% and Merced at 23.1%. At 26.8% Fresno County had the highest poverty rate in California, an estimated 250,000 residents. Fresno was only ranked seventh in 2009, at 21.5 percent.

Statewide the poverty rate was 15.8 percent.

In all 1.4 million California school age children lived below the poverty line last year, up 32 percent from pre-recession numbers in 2007. That is 20.8% out of 6.7 million or one in every five students.

The Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) combines the latest American Community Survey data with aggregate data from federal tax information, administrative records on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participation, 2000 and 2010 Census statistics and annual population estimates.