Wealth distribution rate
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North County is better off economically than the rest of San Diego County, according to a study released yesterday (December 7) by the Center on Policy Initiatives. It used data from the Census Bureau's 2015 American Community Survey.

Only 12.1 percent of North County residents last year lived below the poverty line, compared with 13.8 percent countywide and 15.6 percent in the City of San Diego. Vista had the highest North County poverty rate at 19.2 percent, up from 14.1 percent in 2007. (The Great Recession began in late 2007.) The lowest poverty rate was in Carlsbad: its 5.2 percent rate was actually lower than the 5.9 percent of 2007.

Other 2015 poverty rates in North County were Escondido, 15.7 percent; Oceanside, 14.2 percent; and San Marcos, 14.9 percent. African-Americans' poverty rate in North County was higher than the rate in the entire county: 19.2 percent, compared with 18.1 percent, respectively. Latinos had a 20 percent poverty rate in North County, higher than the county's 19.4 percent.

Median household income in 2015 was $101,703 in Encinitas and $96,346 in Carlsbad, compared with $54,284 in Escondido and $67,421 in Vista.

Income distribution was highly unbalanced, as it has been for years in the United States. One fifth of all North County households received 50 percent of the income. The lowest-earning one-fifth made 3.4 percent of the income.

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AlexClarke Dec. 10, 2016 @ 7:02 a.m.

North county is too diverse an area to paint it with a broad brush. You just can't compare low income cities with high income cities and then use the figures to compare north county with any other area. The report is meaningless.


Don Bauder Dec. 10, 2016 @ 7:39 a.m.

AlexClarke: I disagree. Almost any statistical study has its high points and low points. If you look at median household income in San Diego County, you will include vast diversity: Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar (over $100,000) and National City and El Cajon (very low). That doesn't make the study unrealistic when comparing San Diego County with, say, Santa Clara County (Silicon Valley, the highest-income location in the U.S.) Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Dec. 10, 2016 @ 7:41 a.m.

Anna Gallardo: The median home price in the county is $500,000. I will bet you can find homes below that level in places like Vista and Escondido. Best, Don Bauder


Flapper Dec. 10, 2016 @ 2:51 p.m.

What happens when you start shaving that arbitrary figure? $400,000? 300,000, 200,000, 100,000?


Don Bauder Dec. 10, 2016 @ 2:56 p.m.

Flapper: The $500,000 is not an arbitrary figure. Most estimates of the median home price in San Diego County are around that figure, although some go as high as $580,000. Best, Don Bauder


Flapper Dec. 10, 2016 @ 3:21 p.m.

Ok, so let's assume that it is not arbitrary.* What about the shaving?

  • "The more you generalize about a population, the less you know about any individual in that population." --Henry Geiger

Don Bauder Dec. 10, 2016 @ 6:18 p.m.

Flapper: What happens when you "start shaving" the number. Easy. It's what happened in the 2007-2009 Great Recession. Housing values plummeted around the U.S. San Diego took a real beating. Best, Don Bauder


taxpayersd Dec. 11, 2016 @ 8:58 p.m.

The Center on Policy Initiatives appears to be a site dedicated to economic justice. One of their goals is: Advancing economic and racial equity: Working within the system, new leaders who obtain seats on boards and commissions will be able to pass policies that improve the lives of many underserved residents of San Diego County by promoting racial and economic justice. As to the Center's study, a report is only as good as its data which wasn't provided with the study on their website.


Don Bauder Dec. 12, 2016 @ 1:55 p.m.

taxpayers:That is puzzling. Call Susan Duerksen, who does PR for the center: 619-584-5744 x 64 or 619-804-1950 (cell). Best, Don Bauder


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