Why California Cities Are Becoming Unlivable
Andrew Berryhill, Foundation for Economic Education
In July, the mayor of San Francisco frankly stated that poverty in the city is so bad, that “there is more feces on the sidewalks than I’ve ever seen.” And it’s not just her—the local NBC investigative unit found a “dangerous mix of drug needles, garbage, and feces throughout downtown San Francisco.”
While such conditions are thankfully not widespread, California still has the highest rate of poverty of any state when factoring in living costs and is rateddead last for quality of life. It’s no wonder that from 2007 to 2016, California lost a million residents to domestic migration.
This plight may appear counterintuitive since California’s economy is booming. If the state were an independent country, its economy would rank as the 5th largest in the world. However, a high GDP does not necessarily entail socioeconomic wellbeing.