Most Bay Area residents live above the limits of the federal poverty line, but there are pockets of very low income groups in the region. The number of homeless camps are one visible sign of that trend.
Solano County shows the largest number of residents, 12.7 percent, subsisting under the federal government’s measure of poverty. That ranges from an annual income of $11,770 for someone living alone to $40,890 for a family of eight.
San Francisco is next, with 12.5 percent of residents below the line. San Mateo County has the fewest residents living below the federal poverty line at 7.7 percent.
#1. Solano - 12.7 percent
#2. San Francisco - 12.5 percent
#3. Alameda - 12.0 percent
#4. Sonoma - 11.2 percent
#5. Contra Costa - 10.2 percent
#6. Santa Clara - 9.3 percent
#7. Napa - 8.8 percent
#8. Marin - 8.1 percent
#9. San Mateo - 7.7 percent
While every Bay Area county is below the statewide poverty rate of 15.8 percent and the federal
poverty rate of 15.1 percent, the region’s extremely high rents and overall cost of living make the federal poverty line a far more severe measure or the situation than elsewhere.
Source: US Census Bureau ACS table S1701