Tale of Two Californias Misses the Bigger Story of Inequality

California's inequality is usually described in geographic terms that distinguishes between the state's affluent coastal areas and impoverished inland areas. When considering the cost of living, a statewide poverty crisis comes into focus.

"[T]wo recent reports suggest that poverty in California’s coastal areas may have been significantly understated, thanks largely to high housing costs," observes The Economist

"In America’s biggest state, more than 8m people struggle to meet their everyday needs. Over one-quarter of children live in poverty. But California has spent so long grappling with its fiscal woes that this has been neglected. 'Everyone knows it’s an issue,' says John Husing, an Inland Empire economist. 'But no one is talking about it.'”

Full Story: Not so golden

Comments

building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.
$25

Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245

Essential Readings in Urban Planning

Planning on taking the AICP* Exam? Register for Planetizen's AICP * Exam Preparation Course to save $25.
AICP CTP Storefont Display

The first online AICP* CTP exam prep class

Are you ready to take the AICP* Certified Transportation Planner exam?
Priced at $245 for May exam!