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More Concordians Fall Below Poverty Level

The number of Concord residents living in poverty increased by 5.8 percent between 2010 and 2011, according to stats released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Almost 19,000 people in Concord were living in poverty last year, or just over 15 percent of the population.

The number of Concord residents falling below the poverty line increased by 5.8 percent between 2010 and 2011, according to the 2011 American Community Survey made public by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday.

Poverty statewide increased by 0.8 percent, with around 330,000 Californians falling below the poverty line in 2011 — bringing the total to 6.1 million, or 1 in 6 Californians.

2011 Federal guidelines, a family of four was considered poor if the combined household income fell below $22,350. The poverty threshold for individuals in 2011 was $10,890. In 2012, the line is drawn slightly higher, at $23,050 for a family of four and $11,170 for individuals.

The median household income for Concordians also dropped from $79,272 in 2010 to $60,391 in 2011. Statewide, the median household income was $57,287 in 2011, down nearly 4 percent from the year before. California was one of 18 states that experienced a drop in income from 2010, the Contra Costa Times reports.

Louise B. September 20, 2012 at 09:30 PM
The Obama miracle continues. And these "poor" people will still vote for him.
Lisa - Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano September 20, 2012 at 11:13 PM
This is the reason CalFresh (food stamps) are so important.
Sarah Dawkins September 21, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Can't blame Obama for the economy it was already messed up
Concord Mike September 21, 2012 at 07:52 PM
We can blame Obama fo the recovery, or lack therof. He is clueless when it comes to how the economy works. Nice speeches and promises of a better day are no substitute for leadership and experience. If you care about your kids and grand kids, you will vote for Romney. If you think more government and more debt is what we need, then party on and vote for Obama.
Phucka PhaceBuuk September 21, 2012 at 08:20 PM
This is the reason we shouldnt vote for democrats or republicans.. they have drained the country enough.. time to let the other 200+ parties have a shot at the well being of our future.

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