To help visualize the hardships households throughout California face, we have created two series of maps to reveal the number of households below the Real Cost Measure, the percentage of households below the Real Cost Measure, the Federal Poverty Level, median household earnings and housing burden greater than 30% of a household's gross income.
Real Cost Measure by Neighborhood Clusters
To analyze need by neighborhood Struggling to Get By explores who is struggling through public use microdata areas (PUMAs). PUMAs are statistically reliable "neighborhood clusters" that capture population sizes between 100,000 to 200,000 people based upon the decennial census. The most recent 2010 census calculated 265 neighborhood clusters in California. Click on the neighborhood cluster map below to view interactive data.
Real Cost Measure by Counties
To explore struggling households at the county level, we analyzed 34 individual counties for which there was sufficient county-level data. (Due so smaller population sizes, the remaining 24 counties were grouped into seven county clusters with immediate county neighbors so that they could be geographically continguous and more statistically reliable. Data from these county clusters can be found in our public data set). Click on the county map below to view interactive data.