California is the Poorest State

Most people don’t realize it, but California has the highest poverty rate of any US state, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  (see SPM column on page 28).  That’s right, CA has worse poverty than Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and W. Virginia.

Since 2011, the Bureau has measured poverty using the Supplemental Poverty Measure, which most people agree is a better tool than the one invented in 1963.  Others have picked this up and have reported on it:
SD Tribune
USA Today
CALMatters
and dozens of others.

Back in 2005, I was trying to be funny.  It’s not funny anymore.

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