6 million Californians living in poverty, down 704,000 in a year

California leads the nation in poverty among its residents, but it’s also seen the biggest drop in its poor, according to new Census Bureau data released Tuesday.

An average 6 million Californians had incomes below poverty levels between 2018 and 2020, the highest count in the U.S., according to the bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure. That count was down 704,000 from 2017-2019 — the nation’s largest drop.

This relatively new survey by the Census Bureau dates to 2009, and is adjusted for the varying cost of living among the states. Texas had the second most impoverished population at 3.6 million, followed by Florida at 3 million.

The bureau’s three-year poverty

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