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California, a rich state, is also among the nation’s poorest

Factoring in living costs, nearly 20 percent of Californians were living below the poverty line in 2015, 2016 and 2017, making the state the poorest in the country. The national average of Americans living in poverty those same years was 14 percent.

Californians have highest poverty rate

Despite California’s booming economy – among the largest in the world, surpassing most nation’s output – the majority of its residents are barely getting by, according to a new study.