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July 2, 2014

Where are the hardest places to live in the Sacramento region?

In some parts of the Sacramento region, the unemployment rate recently hovered near 30 percent; most households earned less than $30,000 and fewer than one in ten residents held a bachelor's degree.

In other parts of the region, the unemployment rate stood around 5 percent; most households made more than $140,000 and seven in ten residents held a bachelor's degree.

The Bee used a composite of five measures -- disability rates; unemployment; median household income; educational attainment and percent of income spent on housing -- to determine the hardest places to live in the Sacramento region. (To see a similar, nationwide map produced by the New York Times, go to this link.)

The highest concentration of tough neighborhoods was in South Sacramento. The neighborhoods performing best on these measures were spread out and included parts of Folsom, Gold River, East Sacramento, Granite Bay, Curtis Park and Davis.

Use this map to see how your neighborhood stacks up:


Source: US Census Bureau, 2008-2012 American Community Survey

Note: Data based on sampling so be careful when drawing conclusions about sparsely-populated or deeply rural areas.
Updated at 10:50AM on 7/2 to fix error in disability rate among working age adults.

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