Golden State Turns to Lead, Now Leads Poverty Rankings

Neil Munro, Daily Caller, November 16, 2012

The Golden State has reached a poverty rate that is now twice as bad as West Virginia’s and substantially worse than the rates of poverty in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Texas, according to a new measure of poverty developed by the federal Census Bureau.

Democrat-run California earned its last-place rank under the federal government’s new measure of poverty, which incorporates more detailed analyses of welfare payments and the local costs of food, gasoline and housing. (View the new census data report)


The new measure, however, also incorporates a controversial calculation of relative equality that demotes states, including California, that have wide gaps between wealthy people and people with less than one-third of state residents’ average income.

California snatched the last-place prize from Mississippi, which had the highest poverty rate under the older and simpler measure, which gauged people’s ability to buy basic services and goods.


The new measure, dubbed the “Supplemental Poverty Measure,” revised the California’s poverty rate from 16.3 percent up to 23.5 percent.


Only 13.7 percent of Americans were poor in 1969, and many of them were found in the agricultural states of the Old South. A third of Americans in Mississippi, and a quarter of Americans in Arkansas, Louisiana, South Carolina and Western Virginia, were poor.

Forty years later, after waves of federal and state regulations on housing, banking, health care and air quality, and amid increased financial aid for unmarried parents, youth, immigrants and unskilled people, the national poverty rate has climbed to 15.8 percent, according to the new Census Bureau measure.

The new measure supplants a poverty gauge developed in the 1960s. It incorporates the economic impact of welfare programs, transportation and child-care costs, changes in child-rearing practices—especially the impact of single parents raising kids—plus differences in the region’s average prices and health care costs.

The new ranking leaves California at the bottom, along with and close to the 23.2 percent poverty rate in the District of Columbia.

The next worst-off state is Arizona, which has a poverty rate of 19.8 percent, followed by Florida at 19.5 percent, Nevada at 19.4 percent, Georgia at 19 percent, and Texas at 16.5 percent.


The least poor states tend to be the unglamorous, undiverse and sprawling communities close to Canada.

Iowa, Vermont, Nebraska, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming have poverty rates just below 10 percent. Iowa’s rate is the lowest in the nation, at 8.4 percent, roughly one-third California’s poverty rate. {snip}


{snip} The Census Bureau’s new measure reduced estimated poverty rates in several of the Canadian border states, and in some of the states long viewed as the poorest. West Virginia’s poverty rate tumbled from 16.9 percent to 12.3 percent. Kentucky’s poverty rate slid from 17.1 percent to 13.4 percent.

Mississippi’s rate plunged from a chart-leading 21.1 percent to 15.8 percent.

Under the old measure, Indiana and California shared the same poverty rate of 16.3 percent. The new measure sets Indiana’s poverty rate at 14.6 percent, or 8.9 points below California’s rate.


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  • Michael_C_Scott

    Wherever a Mexican goes, there is Mexico!

  • Howard W. Campbell

    “Iowa, Vermont, Nebraska, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming have poverty rates just below 10 percent. Iowa’s rate is the lowest in the nation, at 8.4 percent, roughly one-third California’s poverty rate.”

    By chance might demographics have something to so with this? Eastern Montana and Western North Dakota have recently had the benefit of oil wealth. So I would imagine that their poverty rates are lower than that seen in Iowa. The poor will always be with us, but poverty here in the US in 2012 would have been incredible wealth even just 60 – 70 years ago.

    • Xanthippe2

      You racist! It is because the rich do not help the poor. Obama’s re-election, Prop 30, and the super majority in both houses will solve everything, just wait!

      (Heck, things are so bad I am starting to sound like a conservative and not a radical. I am not, it is just shell shock.)

    • IstvanIN

      True, the poor will always be with us, but why do we have to adopt Mexico’s poor? We already had enough of our own.

    • Liberalsuck

      True, but even most poor whites would rather work than take welfare. You are safer being around poor white people on average than being in a latin or black area.

  • You Are Now Enriched

    How fast will your state catch up to California’s Third Worldization of George Washington’s fomerly White America?

    When will we get to hear black privileged Hussien Obama give another speech to the White community about how Islam has “always” been a part of America, and that all Mestizo Dreamers are already voting citizens?

  • Xanthippe2

    Gosh, that is what I always think when standing in line for 2 hours because the Mexican clerk can’t understand the Chinese customer and visa versa, “This is so glamorous.”

    • Oil Can Harry

      I also noted that the white states were called “unglamorous”.

      Riiiigghht. Because a welfare line filled with black and brown people wearing doorags, tattoos, flipflops, saggy pants and the occasional burka brings instant comparisons to the Golden Age of Hollywood!

  • dhs

    It’s informative to consider this article with the one about CCSF people moaning about trimming Diversity administrators. Could there be any connection between a state spending billions on Diversity schooling and its current economic situation?

  • Diamond_Lil

    Sigh. Soon Disneyland will have to be renamed to Chololand. It’s a Small World is will be 100% Mexican World. The new Disney princesses modeled after Christina Aguilera, JLo and the late Selena will be named Blanca, GranTrasera and Selena (they worship her). Adventureland will become BorderCrossingLand with free anchor baby stroller parking. Only one of the birds in the Tiki Room survives. No more Mikey. It’s now Miguel:

    • OlderWoman

      Actually Disneyland has always been about mind control. Walt said he wanted it to live forever ‘in hearts and minds of children everywhere’. But then, again, “Uncle” Walt was a known pedophile. And, his cartoon movies often have sexually explicit content in them. Sounds like a liberal invention doesn’t it?

      • The__Bobster
      • bluffcreek1967

        Oh please!? The homosexual mafia tries to make any historical figure or person of significance into some kind of closeted gay (e.g., Lincoln, Disney). It’s just another instance of historical revisionism in order to justify their social-political cause.

        • Liberalsuck

          Shakespeare, Lincoln, Disney, etc. Who doesn’t the gay community and liberals make out to be gay or Jewish? It’s just another way to discredit heterosexual white gentile men.

          • pcmustgo

            Yeah, I’ve heard gay accusations about Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix too…. bisexual allegations.

      • Wrong.

        I think it’s all a matter of projection.

        So much of Hollywood today is a gay mafia, so much so that from what I hear, any semi-attractive young man looking to break big in Hollywood has to bite the pillow, combined with the fact that most people’s historical perspective begins with the day they were born, that most of the gay mafia archons running Hollywood presume, since Hollywood has been a gay mafia for all of their conscience lifetimes, that Hollywood must have always been like that. So they dream up these kook fantasy stories about Walt Disney being a gay pedobear, because they’re projecting themselves onto their own industry’s past.

        Sorry, I had to defend the native Missourian.

        • pcmustgo

          I’ve heard that male models also deal with similar issues of having to go bi for a night in order to get ahead in the fashion industry

  • Michael_C_Scott

    I have a great idea: the state legislature in Sacramento should raise corporate income taxes until no more businesses remain in California. That’ll make everyone wealthy.

  • kjh64

    This is a no-brainer. Mass Mexican immigration caused California’s downfall. They imported Latin America’s poor and now they are a poor Latin American state. Every other state doing this ie. Arizona, Texas also sees drastic increases in poverty.

  • pcmustgo

    North Dakota and Montana would have less poverty without the Native American /American Indian reservations.

    • JackKrak

      True, but think of the “vibrancy” and “diversity” they would lose!!!!!

      • pcmustgo

        I do feel sorry for Native Americans. Or rather certain parts of their culture I respect…. But yeah….

  • APaige

    Conservatives: “its the welfare state…unions…breakdown of the family…democrats, etc.
    Liberals: “Not enough social spending”…”must raise taxes”. .. ‘republicans’…etc.
    Realists: “Race”.

    • Sam

      As of the recent election, all of California’s state-level leaders (gov, etc) are Democrats, and Democrats have a supermajority in the legislature (allowing them to pass any bill they want with zero Republican votes) and all the major cities, and the university systems, are Democratic controlled.

      Whatever happens in California, it can’t be blamed on Republicans because there aren’t any in power here. Everything is under the absolute control of the Democratic party, public service unions, and Marxist activist groups. Welcome to Mexifornia, or Marxifornia, you pick!

      • Liberalsuck

        How do these predominately nonwhite areas without any white people running anything there continue to blame whites for their problems. Uh, hello! White people left long ago, they don’t make the rules there, and the blacks/mexicans have had many opportunities to show what they were made of. They failed miserably everytime and we can come up with all the excuses and theories why.

    • Liberalsuck

      Whites never want to admit publicly or even to themselves that these failed cities, states and countries have a high nonwhite population. Don’t bother pointing that out to them, though. They will get angry with you and call you racists.

  • Nothing more government money can’t fix, right? Maybe an Obamanomics bailout might delay the inevitable for a few more years.

  • ageofknowledge

    Immigration is reason for it. From the mid-1980s to 2005, California’s population grew by 10 million, while Medicaid recipients soared by seven million but tax filers paying income taxes rose by only just 150,000. Now, the bill is coming due.

    • Liberalsuck

      I went to California in the 1980s and then recently just a few years ago. An old man I know said he lived in LA in the 1940s and went there recently as well and told me it was much nicer back in the day.

  • IstvanIN

    The least poor states tend to be the unglamorous, undiverse and sprawling communities close to Canada.

    What is so glamorous about third world hordes? Lack of diversity creates creates cohesive communities, as opposed to Latin America. Sprawling communities means people are not packed cheek to jowl, as opposed to India’s overpopulation. Why are the elites so intent on recreating the third world here?

    • The__Bobster

      Meanwhile, communities full of turd worlders are “vibrant”.

      • IstvanIN

        Vibrant rape, murder, public drunkenness, illegitimacy, oh the list is endless.

        • Liberalsuck

          Oh, but I’m soooooo sure that they can move to an already majority white nation and they will eventually act like law-aiding, civilized white people.

    • brian

      The last time I traveled to the US, I passed through Los Angeles in transit. Upon hearing I was going there, an airport security official said to me “You’re not stopping in Los Angeles are you?”,
      to which I assured him that i wasn’t. Apparently Travel agents and
      others have been telling tourists for years NOT to stop in Los Angeles, the city is so dangerous now. Not something media people like to tell potential visitors.

      • pcmustgo

        Depends on the hood…. Santa Monica is all Rich White People and is fine, Ditto Venice. The beach part, the nice part. Yeah, I went driving around and “got off on the round exit” and was going to stop at a convenient store- a young mexican straight-up gangbanger type stared me down so hatefully I turned around and drove away.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    So the policies of the party of enlightened progressiveness didn’t product the socialist utopia they promised? Blame Republican obstructionism and underfunding of anti-poverty programs for the high poverty rates!!

    Well, now we have a Democrat supermajority in the California statehouse — first order of business? Enact taxes!!

    It took less than a week after the Nov. 6 election for the state’s empowered Democrats to start unrolling more tax schemes. The first came from Los Angeles City Council, which tentatively agreed Tuesday to put a half-cent sales tax on the March 2013 ballot. The second was unveiled to the editorial board Wednesday by state Sen. Ted Lieu who plans to get a measure on the November 2014 ballot to triple the vehicle license fee.

    Just one percent of California taxpayers are already providing 45 percent of the state’s income tax revenue. Such income taxes now fund half the budget and the number of upper-income earners in California has shrunk by a third between 2007 and 2009 alone.

    On the upside: We are getting a new, six billion dollar high speed train so the poor can ride the rails from Boon to Doggle.


  • MikeofAges

    Something I have long known. Interestingly, the ideal destinations for the counterculturalists and hippies of the 1960s and 70s often were medium-sized states with a tradition of embracing populism and utopianism. I am thinking of states like Wisconsin, Minnesota and Oregon. These were large enough to have good educational systems and generous public benefits but small enough to lack the teeming, violent metropolitan complexes which characterize the largest states. Incidentally, they all were predominantly white and not extremely far from the northern border. Sometimes, counting feet tells you more than counting noses. These were people who wanted to live in decentralized, tolerant, non-violent communities. They voted with their feet on the issue of where they could find them.

    • pcmustgo

      Hmmm, I thought a lot of hippie communes were out in the deserts of California (+ san francisco) and New Mexico.

  • Zapp Branigan

    Everyplace Mexicans inhabit becomes just like Mexico, just as everyplace Africans inhabit becomes just like Africa. This is a universal truth we must accept if the white race is to survive. Segregation is a natural thing, let’s stop pretending.

    • Liberalsuck

      How do you intend on keeping a place majority white forever? It only has lasted so long, even there are lots of nonwhites in the Pacific Northwest, which is where I keep hearing people suggest whites move to.

  • Well, the racial traitors who wanted whites to be a hated, and hunted minority in their own lands got their wish. They succeeded even where King Midas failed, they turned gold into lead. Now Kalifornia is going to be a millstone around the necks of all white Americans.

  • george

    Now I understand why Idaho’s real estate market is heating up. Will the last Kali-bagger with a nickle still in his pocket pleast turn out the lights.

    • If you are refering to the liberals who either created or cheered on the brown take over of Kalifornia, calling them carpetbaggers is much more kindness than they deserve. They will be the vanguard of the brown invasion into Idaho and every other state in the country. That is because liberals turn gold into lead wherever they go.

      • IstvanIN

        You are nicer than me. I wouldn’t say gold into lead, I’d be more colorful.

        • Michael_C_Scott

          One of NOLA Mayor Nagin’s “Chocolate” analogies, I suspect?

  • For years, we were told that if California were a separate nation, it would have the fifth largest economy in the world. Now, they manipulate some economic indices, and California is even more poverty-stricken than Mississippi? Sorry, I may be old-fashioned, but the old measurements using per capita income were more realistic.

    ON THE OTHER HAND, California is touted as the most diverse state in the union. Using these new indices should be sending signals that ‘diversity” and “multiculturalism” are an economic drag. But I don’t think that these signals will be picked up by anyone.

    For crying out loud, Uncle Sam has confirmed what Jared Taylor, Sam Francis, Rushton, Herrnstein, Steve Sailer and others have been saying for years; that DIVERSITY DOESN’T WORK.

  • Unperson

    “The least poor states tend to be the unglamorous, undiverse and sprawling communities close to Canada.”

    To write that sentence, you’d need to have a really warped definition of “glamour.”

  • 5Sardonicus

    California led the nation in so many categories after the Second World War. They had the best educational system, standard of living, and, most importantly, quality of life. My brother went out to Southern California in the late sixties. He had an absolute ball, and got a good paying factory job almost immediately.

    Within forty minutes, you could get to an un-crowded, sun drenched beach and on the weekends; scenic mountain vistas were only a couple of hours away. Today, they close the
    beaches due to traffic congestion, crowding and pollution. Most people at the mails and shopping centers are out of Central American casting, and you get the impression that you have left America entirely.

  • cynthiacurran

    Well kern and Orange County are run by Republcians so stop blaming the dems for all of Calif Faults, the greedy Republcians also encourage illegal immirgation in the Inland Counties for cheap labor.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      When was the last time Republicans controlled California’s state legislature?

  • Liberalsuck

    So will the Pacific Northwest be a good white homeland for our people in the future? How do they intend to keep it 100% white? What do they intend to do when invaders come in? What do they do when the invaders and enemies have more powerful weapons than they do there? We had immigration policies for centuries that kept our white nations majority white, yet those were eventually changed without any major fuss from the white people.

  • Greg Thomas

    In other words, third-world diversity creates poverty for all. Welcome to the third world.