The data on this site is derived from the U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey (HPS) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS). New HPS data is currently released every four weeks, and new LAUS data is released once a month. The most recent data used for this report are:
- Household Pulse Survey:
- Summary data: March 1 - March 13
- Complete data: March 1 - March 13
- Local Area Unemployment Statistics:
- Statewide data: January
- County-level data: January
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Rate over time
The plot below contains the percentage of adults who answered this question:
In the last 7 days, which of these statements best describes the food eaten in your household?
with one of these two answers:
Sometimes not enough to eat
Often not enough to eat
In the most recent survey period that ended March 13, an estimated 9.5% of California adults, or approximately 2,470,000 adults, lived in households with food insufficiency.
Using a model based upon data from the Food Security Supplement of the Current Population Survey, we estimate that in the most recent survey period, 8.2% of children, or approximately 717,000 children, experienced food insufficiency.
The percentages and numbers of adults in the above table are based upon those who answered the survey question on food insufficiency. Even if the percentage of adults reporting food insufficiency is the same in two surveys, the number of adults reporting food insufficiency in the two surveys could vary depending upon the number who answered the question.
The map below is for the survey period that ended March 13. Hover over a county for its food insufficiency rate.
Estimated from: Census Bureau, Household Pulse Survey.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics.
Because the Household Pulse Survey does not provide data at the county level, we use a model to estimate the county-level food insufficiency numbers. The model uses the food insufficiency rate of California and the county unemployment rates to estimate food insufficiency for each county.
The state-level food insufficiency data is updated more frequently than the county unemployment rates, and each month’s unemployment data comes out later than the food insufficiency data. If unemployment data is not yet available for a month, the model uses the latest month for which data is available.
In the above, Hispanic refers to individuals of any race. White, Black, and Asian refer to individuals of that single race. Other refers to individuals of two or more races, or races other the White, Black, or Asian.
The above plot contains the reasons respondents gave for their household’s food insufficiency. Respondents can choose more than one reason, so the percentages sum to greater than 100%. This question was first asked in the survey that ended 2022 Mar 14.
Supplemental Nutrition Assitance Program (SNAP) and Special Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
This question was first asked in the survey that ended 2022 Dec 19.
Rate over time
The data for the most recent month is typically “preliminary” and subject to revision when the following month’s data is released.
The map below is for January. Hover over counties for rates.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics.