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California has highest poverty rate in the U.S., new Census Bureau report reveals

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A man named R.J. holds a piece of bread as he eats a free meal provided by St. Anthony foundation on September 16, 2010 in San Francisco, California. The U.S. poverty rate is higher than previously thought.

The US Census Bureau is testing a new way to measure poverty – and the new measurement indicates that California has the highest poverty rate in the nation.

Almost a quarter of Californians now live in poverty, according to the new Supplemental Poverty Measure, released Wednesday.

Under the new measure, California's poverty rate increases from 16.3 percent to 23.5 percent of the population. Not only is that the highest in the nation, but it represents the largest jump from the official rate. The increase is driven in part by California's high cost of living.

The numbers released by the Census Bureau are part of the newly developed measure, which was devised a year ago. It provides a fuller picture of poverty that the government believes can be used to assess safety-net programs by factoring in living expenses and taxpayer-provided benefits that the official formula leaves out. It looks at broader data, including housing costs, child care and medical expenses. It also adjusts for income earned from federal assistance, such as school lunch subsidies and the earned income tax credit.


Census: Los Angeles losing residents to San Bernardino, Orange and Riverside

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The migrating habits of the U.S. human have been revealed in a newly released Census Bureau report. Survey says Los Angeles leads the nation in the most common county-to-county moves.

According to the 2005-2009 American Community Survey County-to-County Migration Files, the most common moves were from Los Angeles to San Bernardino (48,456 people), Los Angeles to Orange (41,612), and Los Angeles to Riverside (29,710).

The survey counts county-to-county moves over the course of one year (individuals were asked where they lived one year prior to being surveyed).    

Los Angeles also led the numbers with the most people arriving from another specific county, and the most people leaving for another specific county (with a net loss of about 160,000 people in the shuffle), the data shows.

The U.S. winner for most "inflows" went to Maricopa, AZ, with people arriving there from 993 different counties. They also led the country with the most "outflows," sending away one-time residents to 1,156 different counties.