LOS ANGELES (AP) — Census Bureau data show more than 16 percent of Los Angeles County residents lived in poverty in 2009 — up from 15 percent from the year before.

The data released Tuesday and reported in the Los Angeles Times means about 1.5 million county residents are living on less than $11,000 per year, or less than $22,000 for a family of four.

The median household income declined almost a thousand dollars in 2009 to about $54,500.

Statewide, more than 5 million people were living in poverty last year, the highest number in 11 years.

The national poverty rate is 14.3 percent, with more than 43 million people living below the poverty line last year.

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Comments (4)
  1. lonnie gehr says:

    will get worse . way to many illegal mexicans etc flooding CA . having as many kids as they can . doing handyman work illegally , paying no taxes . all get cash money then send it to mexico . CA is over populated ,. no jobs etc .

    1. Mero says:

      Lady please don’t remind us how ignorant and racism you are, has nothing to do with race its you corrupt government, bank industry that’s in control.

  2. Frederick says:

    Yeah and most residents here still want to open the borders! Amazing!!! I don’t know why Mexicans prefer traffic on the freeways, lines everywhere you look, and overcrowded houses, parks, DMV offices, schools, jails…..I can go on and on.

    (this statement is lost on a state filled with %90 illegals)

  3. vudu says:

    Im all for closing the borders but as far as the illegal population thats here right now, provided they arent commiing violent crimes……. leave them be. I like having a bit of variety in our society, besides that I may need them one day when I start getting my yard cleaned out and furniture moved from storage ect ect…..

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