Slate.com and the New America Foundation provided a useful interactive map that depicts the change in poverty rates from 2007 to 2010 for each county in the nation.
The results for California clearly reflect the nature of how the state was affected by the Great Recession as well as its historic geographic disparities.
- The Central Valley suffered the worst increase in poverty.
- Fresno and Stanislaus counties suffered the largest increases in poverty rates, rising 6.8% and 6.1% respectively.
- San Bernardino was not far behind, rising 6.0%
- Surprisingly, Santa Barbara County also suffered a significant increase in its poverty rate, 5.5%
County 2007 2010
Fresno 20.0% 26.8%
Stanislaus 13.6% 19.7%
San Bernardino 12.1% 18.1%
Santa Barbara 12.2% 17.7%