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Measure of America Releases “A Portrait of California 2014–2015”

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Measure of America has announced the release of A Portrait of California 2014–2015, the latest edition of the benchmark California report that brings together original data and innovative analysis using the American Human Development Index, a simple ten-point scale that measures well-being in California's 265 Census Bureau-defined neighborhoods and breaks down the numbers by county, major city, and racial and ethnic group. A brief on key findings from the report is also available.

This report was funded by Blue Shield of California Foundation, California Community Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Humantific For Good, The California Endowment, The James Irvine Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, United Ways of California, and the Weingart Foundation.

The report brings new light to such pressing themes as income inequality and captures the noneconomic inequalities that traditional analysis overlooks:

  • Californians live longer and earn more than the average American, but in parts of Los Angeles the average life expectancy of a baby born today is on par with that of a baby born today in Libya or Sri Lanka.
  • If all Californian adults who currently lack a high school diploma had one, some 51,000 fewer people would be incarcerated.
  • California’s agriculture feeds the nation, but the state’s crop workers struggle to put food on the table, with annual earnings that range from $15,000 to $17,500.

As a unique measure of outcomes, A Portrait of California 2014–2015 is a sharp view into human well-being on both the aggregate and neighborhood levels. Measure of America's original report on California, released in 2011, has proved itself a durable tool for making better policy and investment as well as a singular lens through which to measure the real impact of nonprofit, private sector, and government interventions.