Census Data: California Lags Behind National Trends

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The census data found nationally the median household income rose just over one percent from 2006 to 2007. Poverty rates did not change.

But California didn’t follow that trend. Jean Ross is the executive director of the California Budget Project. She says in California the median household income dropped two percent and poverty rates held steady. And she says that happened during an economic peak.

“2007 will probably turn out to be the high water mark and the fact that families didn’t move ahead that our poverty rate didn’t fall during this decade, is significant.” 
Ross says the census data showed more Americans had health insurance in 2007. But, she says California saw only a modest improvement. She says one reason California is in worse shape: the housing market collapse hit the state earlier than other areas of the country.