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State Overview

Key Takeaways


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Economic Opportunity: In California, 76.2% of non-Latinx White households earn incomes above the cost-of-living-adjusted poverty rate, compared to 42.8% of Latinx households.
Economic Opportunity: For every 1,000 Asians in California, 26 own businesses; the highest rate among racial groups.
Economic Opportunity: Statewide, non-Latinx Whites roughly twice as likely as non-Latinx Blacks, American Indian/Alaska Natives, non-Latinx Pacific Islanders and Latinxs to be in employed as an official or manager.
Health Care Access: California Latinxs and American Indians/Alaska Natives were roughly three times more likely to be uninsured than non-Latinx Whites.
Health Care Access: Statewide, non-Latinx Whites were most likely and Latinxs least likely to have a usual source of care.
Health Care Access: Non-Latinx Black mothers had twice as many low-birthweight births as non-Latinx White mothers.
Education: Statewide, Asian and non-Latinx White children 0-5 were most likely to be able to access licensed childcare.
Education: California non-Latinx White students saw more than twice as many teachers and staff of their race than students of all other races.
Education: Black and American Indian/Alaska Native students were more than twice as likely to be chronically absent than non-Latinx White, Filipino, and Asian students.
Housing: Non-Latinx Whites own homes at nearly twice the rate of non-Latinx Blacks in California.
Housing: Non-Latinx White and Asian students are homeless at three times the rate of Latinx, Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Black students.
Housing: Latinx and non-Latinx Black applicants are roughly twice as likely to receive a subprime mortgage than non-Latinx White and Asian applicants.
Democracy: Significant racial disparities exist in midterm and presidential elections.
Democracy: The higher voter turnout in presidential elections somewhat narrows the racial disparity in turnout, but not completely.
Democracy: White representation among elected officials is nearly double that of all other races.
Crime and Justice: California Blacks suffered incarceration rates 8.5 times higher than Whites and 10 times higher than Other races (including Asian, Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native).
Crime and Justice: Statewide, 87.4% of adults felt safe in their neighborhood most or all the time. Non-Latinx Whites were most likely feel safe, and non-Latinx Black and Latinx adults least likely to feel safe.
Crime and Justice: Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are highly represented among police officers—eight per 1,000 persons—which is greater than the ratio for Whites (three per 1,000) and Blacks (two per 1,000).
Healthy Built Environment: Statewide Latinxs have the most exposure to drinking water contaminants, followed by American Indians / Alaska Natives.
Healthy Built Environment: African Americans and Latinxs are most likely to live, play, or go to school near hazardous land uses like railroad facilities, ports, airports, and refineries.
Healthy Built Environment: Latinxs and Asians suffered the most exposure to toxic releases including chemical emissions into the air.

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