SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The poverty rate in San Diego last year was 15.6 percent, roughly the same as the year before and above the national rate of 14.7 percent, according to federal census data released Thursday.
According to the San Diego-based Center on Policy Initiatives, the median family income of $67,871 in 2015 was also about the same as 2014.
The federal poverty line is $12,082 a year for a single person, or $24,036 in combined income for two adults with two children, regardless of variances in cost-of-living in different geographical areas.
"The nearly 16 percent of San Diego households living below the federal poverty line would be struggling even if they lived in the poorest areas of the U.S., like Mississippi or Alabama," said CPI Deputy Director Kyra Greene.
"Incomes this low make surviving in a high cost city like San Diego extremely challenging," Greene said. "Families have to make impossible choices and sacrifices just to survive."
The CPI, which advocates for working families, said the federal data showed 19.7 percent of the city's children live in poverty, while 32.2 percent of families with children that are headed by a single adult have incomes below the official poverty line.
By race, the poverty rate last year was 23.4 percent for Latinos, 21.8 percent for blacks and 10.8 percent for whites.
The Census Bureau also released data that doubled the official poverty line to reflect economic hardship in high-cost cities such as San Diego. The CPI said the figures show 31.7 percent of area households -- comprising over 432,000 people -- have incomes less than the 200 percent standard.
A touching show of solidarity was on display Sunday as the body of fallen San Diego firefighter Cory Iverson returned to San Diego.
A small plane crashed and burned in an El Cajon parking lot shortly after takeoff Sunday, sending three people to a hospital.
One person was killed and at least two others injured in a two-car crash on Old Highway 395 near Pala Mesa Resort on Sunday.
A driver's license and drunken driving checkpoint in Poway resulted in four arrests, sheriff's officials said Sunday.
Despite recent windy, dry conditions, some San Diegans were treated to cool weather, and in some areas, light sprinkles this weekend.
Distraught doesn't begin to describe the family of Jermaine Barnes, a Mountain View man left with life-threatening brain injuries after he was hit by a car Friday night outside of his home.
Gun owners were given the chance to trade in their unwanted firearms for cash or a skateboard at a gun buyback event hosted by local police and faith leaders on Saturday.
More than 140 children received early Christmas gifts Saturday thanks to a local church and the county's bravest men and women.