Study: Cost of living in Stockton among the most expensive in California
United Ways of California study says about 1 in 3 households struggle to make ends meet
CALIFORNIA, USA – A new study on the cost of living by the United Way of California reveals what many already know: Living in the Golden State is expensive.
The study entitled “Struggling to Progress: Measuring Real Costs in California 2021“shows that nearly one in three households in the state are struggling to make ends meet.
“This highlights the needs and the gaps with some of these aspects of the needs for different households,” said Peter Manzo, one of the study’s authors.
The study measured the ability of Californians to pay for child care, rent, health care and other daily needs, considered a “measure of the real cost.”
He points out that 97% of households have at least one active adult.
The study shows that Hispanic households struggle at the state’s highest rate at 51%, while whites are at the lowest at 20%.
Stockton has become one of the most expensive places to live in California with 43% to 58% of households struggling.
San Ramon and Danville in Contra Costa County had the lowest household “true cost measure” at 11%, while the city and Los Angeles County clusters of neighborhoods had the highest rate at 80%. %.
“It forces us to look at what we pay people, because people have this perception (that) just because the cost of living in Stockton is maybe lower than in Los Angeles… somehow. on the other hand, we should pay people less, “said Jose Rodriguez, president and CEO of El Concilio in Stockton.
Unsurprisingly, the United Way study indicates that “high housing costs” are the “main burden” on struggling households. “
It shows that nearly one in four California households spends 30% or more of their income on housing.
“These families are in trouble, so they take out payday loans because of emergencies where I pay 90% … of my income, 90% goes to my rent,” said Toni McNeil of Racial Justice and of health. Faith in the Valley in Stockton, an equity-based nonprofit.
“Rent right now is a profit. Housing is a commodity. It is not considered a basic human right. It needs to be approached very strongly,” McNeil said.
To see the full study, go to Unitedwaysca.org.