The percentage of Hispanics living in poverty in California far exceeds that of African Americans, Asians and non-Hispanic whites, according to data presented yesterday at a forum.
The “Perspectives on Poverty” forum hosted by the Center for Budget and Policy California analyzed the most recent census data, noting that about 32% of Hispanics in California live with incomes below the federal poverty level.
“That is a much higher than non-Hispanic white share, representing a 14%, Asians 18% and even African Americans, characterized by high levels of poverty that have 21%,” said Alissa Anderson, senior researcher analysis center.
The forum, moderated by the Director of Strategic Communications Center, Steven Bliss, also attended Jessica Bartholow, legislative advocate for the Western Center on Law and Poverty; Jose Padilla, executive director of the California Rural Legal Assistance and Jon Zerolnick, research director of the Alliance for a New Economy in Los Angeles.
Bartholow said that children bear the heaviest burden of poverty of Californians.32.7% of the poor in California are minors.