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45.8% of California’s children are living in or near poverty

45.8% of California’s children are living in or near poverty

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In total, about half of California’s children are living in or near poverty. 
In 2016, 24.4% of children lived above, but fairly close to, the poverty line (up to one and a half times above it). All told, 45.8% of children in the state were poor or near poor. However, a much lower 4.8% of California’s children were in deep poverty (in families with less than half of the resources needed to make ends meet).

 

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