Changes in California Poverty Rates, 2007-2010 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%

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