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Old 11-14-2015, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Lol did you read the article? Those are under the federal poverty level. Federal poverty does not take cost of living into consideration. So someone making $20k in most of the places you listed is under the federal poverty level. But their cost of living is much much much cheaper than in LA. So comparatively, the people in LA are even worse off. You clearly didn't read the article lol
LA isnt the worst off as far as how far a dollar goes:
The Real Value of $100 in Metropolitan Areas | Tax Foundation

In fact, it would appear that in most large metropolitan areas, a dollar isnt worth a dollar in purchasing power, but less.
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Old 11-14-2015, 11:22 AM
 
Location: CA, NC, and currently FL
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I'm pretty sure that article is saying it's worst off when comparing both how far their dollar goes and how much they earn in comparison.

Anyways, this doesn't paint the whole picture obviously. If you are wealthy or middle class/upper middle class there like a whole lot of people are, you earn crap loads, and live really well from a financial perspective. It's just that you also have a whole lot of lower class in other parts of the city.

It's kind of the same case with NYC but I guess better off, if that article is saying LA is the worst in the country.
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Old 11-14-2015, 12:03 PM
 
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Interesting that posters are arguing an article about California, written by the LA Times. There is even a map with statistics, but still they know more?
People think that just because Silicon Valley and Hollywood are here, that everybody on the West Coast has this cushy and leisurely life style because all that tech, sunshine and media money somehow magically trickles down to everyone. In reality the West Coast has more homelessness, people live in smaller more poorly built homes with fewer amenities compared to other parts of the country (even parts of California that regularly see 100+ degrees often don't have AC in the homes), have smaller yards, and unless you're one of the few with a nice Hollywood, Silicon Valley or healthcare job you're probably not making good wages, and peanuts when you consider the price of rent and higher cost for other things like food and fuel in the western states.

I could definitely believe that California is the poorest state. The middle class is barely existent on the West Coast.
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Old 11-14-2015, 12:28 PM
 
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Interesting that posters are arguing an article about California, written by the LA Times. There is even a map with statistics, but still they know more?
Why is that "interesting"? An article printed in the LA times cannot be contextualized or challenged?
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Old 11-16-2015, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles,CA & Scottsdale, AZ
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There was also an article that vice put out and it stated that 40 percent of people in LA live in Misery, on top of that one in three people in LA country live in Poverty. I've lived in DC and Phoenix alongside currently being based out of LA and i've never seen such run down neighborhoods. It's crazy if you drive down olympic you will go from third world esc. slums to mansions in the split of a second. I think why some people are arguing against the LA times is because if you don't live in the rough areas of LA and just spend most of your time in Downtown or westside or one of the close by suburbs you don't really ever experience the poverty that is all throughout this city.
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Old 11-16-2015, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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As I was saying in the California forum, marriage and children tend to make people more responsible, and stable:

California Counties Median Income for Married Couple Families with Children Under Age 18(2014):
Marin, CA $161,090
San Mateo, CA $149,959
San Francisco, CA $142,057
Santa Clara, CA $140,680
Alameda, CA $120,751
Contra Costa, CA $115,186
Placer, CA $111,230
El Dorado, CA $105,656
Napa, CA $103,331
Orange, CA $101,922
Ventura, CA $96,350
Santa Cruz, CA $96,307
Solano, CA $95,724
Sonoma, CA $92,939
San Diego, CA $91,280
Yolo, CA $90,086
San Luis Obispo, CA $88,119
Nevada, CA $84,186
Sacramento, CA $82,148
Santa Barbara, CA $78,053
San Joaquin, CA $77,346
Los Angeles, CA $76,364
Riverside, CA $73,953
Butte, CA $71,764
Shasta, CA $71,509
San Bernardino, CA $69,901
Kings, CA $65,780
Kern, CA $65,408
Monterey, CA $62,832
Stanislaus, CA $62,310
Sutter, CA $61,365
Fresno, CA $60,404
Humboldt, CA $59,129
Imperial, CA $58,840
Madera, CA $57,807
Merced, CA $54,795
Yuba, CA $53,702
Lake, CA $50,723
Tulare, CA $47,652
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