Facts and figures from the U.S. Census Bureau aren't painting a pretty picture of the Sacramento area. From 2008 to 2009, the median household income fell 6 percent, to $57,361. When you add it all up, people in the Sacramento region lost $1.74 billion in household income from 2008 to 2009. For both California as a whole and the nation, the decline was 3 percent.
The biggest factor, of course, is lost jobs. In particular, the Sacramento region has shed 13,000 construction jobs, which is a 25 percent hit. Another significant area of decline is among Sacramento's thousands of state workers. They have seen shrinking paychecks for almost two years from unpaid furloughs and stagnant salaries.
Here are some other grim calculations from the U.S. Census Bureau...
- Family home ownership fell from 63.2 percent in 2007 to 61.6 percent in 2009.
- The poverty rate went from 11.1 percent in 2007 to 13.4 percent in 2009.
- People lacking health insurance jumped from 11.4 percent in 2008 to 12.6 percent in 2009.
These figures come from the U.S. Census Bureau's annual American Community Survey of about 27,000 people in Sacramento and about 4.5 million people nationwide. To learn more, check out The 2010 US Census by Robert Longley, the About.com guide to U.S. Government Info.