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Based on “Economic issues”.

Housing costs drive up California’s poverty rate

According to current U.S. Census data, California is the poorest state in the nation. Taking into account the costs of living and federal aid that can help families find affordable housing, California is more impoverished than Louisiana, Mississippi or Georgia.

Food deserts, the impact on Rural America

Do you know what a food desert is? Simply stated, it means that it is difficult to get to a local grocery store stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables and all the other typical food items you would expect to find.

Rural cancer patients face lack of specialists, long trips for treatment

As fire chief in Kingsburg, a small town in California’s Central Valley, Tim Ray has done more than battle blazes in the past few years. Actual fires here are relatively few, in fact. These days, Ray, a trim 52-year-old with clipped moustache and gentle eyes, oversees a kind of volunteer medical transportation service, hustling patients from this idyllic town—settled by Swedish immigrants in the 1870s and still bedecked with “Välkommen” welcome signs—as far as 20 miles away, to a hospital in Fresno.