According to the California Department of Housing and Community Development, a low-income household in California varies from as low as $12,150 in Fresno County and others to as high as $47,850 for the Los Angeles area. These figures are for a household of one individual, and the numbers correspondingly rise with larger households just as they vary by area.
The California Department of Housing and Community Development shows that the figures above represent a range in low-income levels that is broken into three levels. These income levels are as follows: extremely low, very low and moderately low. Above these are two more levels: median and moderate.
Calculations regarding what counts as low income are determined by calculating 80 percent of the median family income estimates. If an individual or family is at or below this figure, he is considered to be low income. Individuals or families whose income is 30 percent or less of the MFI are considered to be extremely low income. Individuals or families whose income is between 30 percent and 50 percent of the MFI are considered to be very low income. These calculations are important in the determination of benefits or assistance that the state may provide, including housing through Housing and Community Development programs, according to the California Department of Housing and Community Development.