Definition: Estimated family resources required to meet basic needs, in 2016 dollars, by family composition and housing tenure, according to the California Poverty Measure (e.g., in 2014-2016, a California family of two adults and two children renting their residence required yearly resources of at least $30,781, in 2016 dollars, in order to meet their basic needs).
Data Source: Public Policy Institute of California, & Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, California Poverty Measure (Nov. 2018).
Footnote: The California Poverty Measure (CPM) is an approach to gauging poverty in California that accounts for geographic differences in the cost of living, factors in tax credits and in-kind assistance that augment family resources, and subtracts medical, commuting, and child care expenses. In CPM estimates, a family consists of a householder residing with their spouse, children, and other relatives, along with their unmarried partner, unmarried partner's children, foster children, and other unrelated children. Information about CPM methodology is available in The California Poverty Measure: A New Look at the Social Safety Net. CPM estimates are based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS); counties that cannot be identified individually in the ACS are grouped. N/A means that data are not available.