The state of California still leads the United States in poverty, according to new U.S. Census data released Tuesday.
“Add-on” rates are calculated based on three years of data, and California has held the top spot for several years, almost entirely due to its extraordinarily high costs for housing, utilities, fuel and other consumer needs .
Nationally, the new additional rate is 9.8%, but once again, California leads the states at 13.2%, more than a third higher than the national rate.
The ultimate irony of California’s high poverty rate is that it is a deep blue state where all political power is held by left-wing Democrats who claim to sympathize with the plight of the poor.
Within the state, CalMatters.org notes, poverty is highest in the Los Angeles area and lowest in the San Francisco area.
The District of Columbia is the only jurisdiction with a higher excess poverty rate than California, at 14.8%, although it is not a state.
As City newspaper noted in 2018: “Unfortunately, California, with 12% of the U.S. population, is now home to about a third of the nation’s welfare recipients. Generous spending has therefore not only failed to reduce poverty; in fact, it seems to have made the situation worse.
The census report also showed that the official non-supplemental poverty rate in the United States was 11.5%, roughly unchanged since 2021, although the poverty rate for Black Americans fell by 19.3%. to 17.0% from 2021 to 2022.
Joel B. Pollak is a senior editor at Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the new biography, Rhoda: “Comrade Kadalie, You Are Out of Service.” He is also the author of the recent e-book Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. He is the recipient of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.