The Economic Needs of Antioch
During 2008-2012, the Census reported that 15.3 percent of California’s population lived below the poverty line, in the last 12 months, which is slightly higher than the national rate of 14.9 percent. In Antioch, 14.5 percent, or 14,810, of residents reported income in the past 12 months below poverty level. California has the highest reported poverty rate in the nation.
There were clear racial disparities in Antioch: almost 13 percent of White residents; 23.7 percent of Black or African residents; 20 percent, of American Indians or Alaska Natives; around 11 percent of Asian residents; 6.5 percent of Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders; almost 13 percent of residents who reported some other race; close to 13 percent of residents who reported being of two or more races; and about 17 percent of Hispanic or Latino residents reported living below the poverty line. 14,810 of males and 8,508 of females also reported living below the poverty line. Males under 5 and females aged 18-24 had the largest amounts of people reporting as living under the poverty line.
California’s current unemployment rate is 8.1 percent, which is higher than the national rate of 6.7 percent. Over 7 percent or 898,921 of Californians reported using food stamps or SNAP in the last twelve months. The per capita money income for California was $29,551, slightly higher than the national figure of $28,051. Similar racial disparities were shown, with Whites and Asians reporting higher than average per capita incomes, and other minorities reporting below average. White and Asians also reported lower rates of using SNAP or food stamps than other minorities. In Antioch, there were a little over 9 percent of residents reporting using food stamps/SNAP. Again, there were similar racial disparities. The per capita income of Antioch is $25,245.