Thirteen percent of the individuals living in San Diego County are living below the federal poverty level, a report released last month stated. The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) report, “Poverty in the San Diego Region,” released in December 2013, provided details about this group of 387,565 people.
In a study of these individuals, 54 percent are female and 46 percent male.
An examination of this group’s ethnic makeup revealed the following:
*White/Caucasian – 32 percent
*Hispanic – 48 percent
*Black – 6 percent
*Asian – 10 percent
*Other – 3 percent
The SANDAG report also revealed statistics on birth place data relating to this group:
*California born – 50 percent
*Foreign born – 30 percent
*Born in another state – 18 percent
*Native but born outside the U.S. – 1 percent
Established by the U.S. Census Bureau, the federal poverty level for an individual is an annual income of no more than $11,945 for a person under 65 years old; $11,011 for those over 65 years old.
On a household level, the poverty level is determined by the number of occupants in the dwelling. An example is if there were four people in the home – income could not exceed $23,492. These numbers are annual household income before taxes.
The study showed that a large percent of those living below the poverty level are those who had low educational achievements.
In San Diego County, 34 percent of those living below poverty level had not completed high school.
In terms of government assistance, 28 percent of San Diego County families living below the poverty level said they had received supplemental Social Security income and/or cash public assistance income in the past 12 months.
Writer’s note: This SANDAG report does not break out specific poverty statistics for unincorporated areas of San Diego County, such as the Fallbrook/Bonsall area. Requests for this specific information have gone unanswered by SANDAG.