Even though California is one of the wealthiest states in the country, millions of California families do not have enough income to live decently, a recent investigation found.
According to a recent study by United Ways of California, a out of three families in California, representing nearly 3.7 million families, do not earn enough income to meet basic needs in the state.
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In preparing the study, five basic measures were taken into account: housing, food, health care, child care and transportation.According to the measure, in California, for an average family of two adults, a preschool-age child and one more school-age child, to cover all their basic needs, they need to have an annual income of $84,949.
The study determined that families in California have annual incomes of $49,063 dollars, about $33,237 dollars less than what is considered necessary to be able to live with dignity.
Of the 3.7 million families that have incomes below the necessary to live wellabout 97% have at least one working adult.
The study also found that 51% of Latino families are below the minimum annual income compared to 45% of African-American households, 30% of Asian-American families and 23% of households of white families.
57% of people who were not born in the United States have to work harder to meet their basic needs, compared to 37% of families headed by naturalized immigrants and 29% of households headed by US citizens.
The study also found that Los Angeles County has eight of the 10 California neighborhoods with the highest number of families below the minimum annual income for decent living.
The 10 Neighborhoods with the Most Low Annual Income Families:
- Southeast and East Vernon (Los Angeles County): 76% of families
- Huntington Park City, Florence-Graham and Walnut Park (Los Angeles County): 74% of families
- South Central and Watts (Los Angeles County): 73% of families
- Bell Gardens, Bell, Maywood, Cudahy and Commerce (Los Angeles County): 72% of families
- Central, USC and Exposition Park (Los Angeles County): 66% of families
- City of Los Angeles (Los Angeles County): 64% of families
- El Monte and South El Monte (Los Angeles County): 61% of families
- Chula Vista and National City (San Diego County): 59% of families
- Oakland (Alameda County): 59% of families
- South Gate and Lynwood (Los Angeles County): 58% of families