In total, about half of California’s children are living in or near poverty.
In 2013, 5.0% of California’s children were in deep poverty (living in families with less than half of the resources needed to make ends meet). This rate is a small decrease from the deep poverty rate among children in 2012 (5.1%). At the same time, 24.9% of children lived above, but fairly close to, the poverty line. All told, 48.8% of children in the state were poor or near poor in 2013.