Californians’ net worth totals over $6 trillion or about $160,000 per resident. The state holds 17 percent of national net worth, while making up only 12 percent of the U.S. population.
But with all that wealth, the United Nations compared the tent encampments of San Francisco to the slums of New Delhi and Mexico City.
Nearly 5,000 people live in the half square mile of Los Angeles’ Skid Row. And while the problem is most acute in California’s urban centers, homelessness is now a common fixture in many of the state’s suburbs and rural towns.
While State and local officials have pledged billions in recent years to help, frustrations abound amongst residents due to lack of visible progress.
So how did the golden state get so filthy?