KPBS News, 9/23/11 | Read the original article |
By SUSAN MURPHY
Poverty grew nationwide last year, but the increase was even greater in San Diego County, where more than a million people are struggling with economic hardship, according to new census data.
Nearly one in five children (19.2 percent) lived below the federal poverty level (FPL) in 2010 — an increase of nearly 3 percent from the previous year.
The Center on Policy Initiatives reports a third of the county’s population lived in economic hardship, or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. “Almost half of them were in deepest poverty, with incomes below FPL, which varies by family size and — at about $22,300 for a family of four — is acknowledged to under-count true poverty,” CPI stated in a report.
CPI also found: