State earners’ income steady

September 14, 2012

The average household income among Californians rose only slightly last year, but the rates of both poverty-level income earners and those without medical insurance were nearly tops in the nation.

That’s the finding of a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau issued this month. (Sacramento Bee)

A median family income of $53,367 was reported, placing California behind 14 other states. The lowest income ranking is owned by South Carolina, at $40,084 per household.

California’s poverty rate was 16.9 percent compared to the national average of 15 percent.

And the state’s medically uninsured population is 15 percent of the U.S. total. Texas is at the bottom of that list, with 23.8 percent of its population uninsured.

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How about a breakdown of the change in California average household incomes broken down by private and public sector households?

Lets not forget cost of living increases.

Let’s see-illegal immigrants are 2.5 million out of California’s 37 million population or about 7%. The poverty rate according to the above is 16.9%-are we surprised that the poverty rate is so high in California or are we intentionally avoiding talking about this problem as a cause of such a high poverty rate because it is politically incorrect? Or are we naively expecting illegal immigrants to be making close to the median income like US citizens and legal immigrants? And by the same token, are we expecting the 7% illegal immigrants to have health insurance, too?

Good points but I don’t know whether or not the Census Bureau report includes the illegal immigrant population in it’s calculations for this report. It would be interesting to know.