California Tops National Poverty Rate As Prime Demographic Plans “Exodus” From State

Sunday, September 16, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Sat, 09/15/2018

Despite efforts by state legislators at creating a socialist utopia, California still has the highest poverty rate in the nation at 19%, despite a 1.4% decrease from last year according to the Census Bureau.

Poverty and income figures released Wednesday reveal that over 7 million Californians are struggling to get by in the second most expensive state to live in, according to the Council for Community and Economic Research’s 2017 Annual Cost of Living Index.

And while California has a “vigorous economy and a number of safety net programs to aid needy residents,” according to the Sacramento Bee, one out of every five residents is suffering economic hardship – which is fueled in large part by sky-high housing costs, according to Caroline Danielson, policy director at the Public Policy Institute of California.

“We do have a housing crisis in many parts of the state and our poverty rate is highest in Los Angeles County,” she said, adding that cost of living and poverty is often highest in the state’s coastal counties. “When you factor that in we struggle.”

Silicon Valley residents in particular are leaving in droves – more so than any other part of the state. Nearby San Mateo County which is home to Facebook came in Second, while Los Angeles County came in third.

“They’re looking for affordability and not finding it in Santa Clara County,” said Danielle Hale, chief economist for realtor.com.

It’s not just housing prices driving the exodus, of course. Punitive taxes – more than twice as much as some other states, are eating away at disposable income. Nearby Arizona’s income tax rate is 4.54% vs. California’s 9.3%, while the new tax bill may accelerate the exodus.

As Michael Snyder of the Economic Collapse Blog pointed out in May…

Reasons for the mass exodus include rising crime, the worst traffic in the western world, a growing homelessness epidemic, wildfires, earthquakes and crazy politicians that do some of the stupidest things imaginable. But for most families, the decision to leave California comes down to one basic factor…

Money.

Mass Exodus

As you may or may not be aware, we’ve mentioned the flood of various types of Californians fleeing the state for various reasons; be it wealthy families who want to keep more of their income safe from the tax man, or poor residents leaving the Golden State because they are being crushed by the high cost of living.

To that end, the Orange County Register notes a significant outmigration of people in their child-raising years – as the largest group leaving the state, some 28%, are those aged 35 to 44.

According to IRS data from 2015-2016, the latest available, roughly half of those leaving the state make less than $50,000 per year, while roughly 25% of those leaving make over $100,000.

The Rest…HERE

2 Responses to “California Tops National Poverty Rate As Prime Demographic Plans “Exodus” From State”

  1. Robert Edward Lee

    ATTENTION WHITE CHRISTIANS LEAVING KALIFORNIA : COME TO THE SOUTH. THE BIBLE BELT. YOU’LL LOVE IT AS LONG AS YOU DO 2 THINGS :

    1. Do a demographics check real good in and around the city you want to move to. Try City-data.com and The US Census.

    2. Check back one years weather at Weather.com – monthly

    #3721712
  2. White Scooter Trash

    We need to hear what Jim Cunny has to say about this socialism failure.

    #3721909

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