Although California ranks eighth among global economies, the state also holds the dubious distinction of having the highest poverty rate in the United States. Analysts say the exorbitant housing costs and shortages are the cause. Others observe that recent wildfires that have destroyed thousands of homes are contributing to the problem.
Nearly 21,000 families around Sacramento—and about a half-million across California—live in mobile homes, which are often the only affordable option for lower income families in one of the country’s most expensive housing states.Now, housing advocates and state officials are encouraging lawmakers to lower taxes and fees for these mobile homeowners
About 8,000 people live in the 13 mostly Yup’ik villages in Alaska’s Kusilvak census area, from Hooper Bay on the coast to Emmonak at the mouth of the Yukon River to Russian Mission upriver. The region’s isolation adds 40 percent or more to the cost of goods for shipping
The California Legislature last week passed more than a dozen housing bills in an effort to quell ever increasing cost of living in the state.
Scientists have found microplastic contamination in drinking water systems around the world, with the United States having the highest levels of any country.