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More Concordians Fall Below Poverty Level

The number of Concord residents living in poverty increased by 5.8 percent between 2010 and 2011, according to stats released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

More Concordians Fall Below Poverty Level

Almost 19,000 people in Concord were living in poverty last year, or just over 15 percent of the population.

The number of Concord residents falling below the poverty line increased by 5.8 percent between 2010 and 2011, according to the  2011 American Community Survey made public by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday.

Poverty statewide increased by 0.8 percent, with around 330,000 Californians falling below the poverty line in 2011 — bringing the total to 6.1 million, or 1 in 6 Californians.

2011 Federal guidelines, a family of four was considered poor if the combined household income fell below $22,350. The poverty threshold for individuals in 2011 was $10,890. In 2012, the line is drawn slightly higher, at $23,050 for a family of four and $11,170 for individuals.

The median household income for Concordians also dropped from $79,272 in 2010 to $60,391 in 2011. Statewide, the median household income was $57,287 in 2011, down nearly 4 percent from the year before. California was one of 18 states that experienced a drop in income from 2010, the Contra Costa Times reports.

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