Texans might say that everything’s bigger in their state but California is the USA’s most populous state with almost 40,000,000 residents. In fact, one of every eight United States’ residents lives there. Only Alaska and Texas are larger than California. Three of America’s 10 largest cities are in California – Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose. As you might guess, California is the country’s top state in cash farm receipts as it grows nearly half of America’s fruits, nuts and vegetables. Almonds are its biggest export (in dollars), followed by cotton, wine, table grapes, dairy products, walnuts, pistachios and rice. Yes, rice.
The average Californian carries $4927 in credit card debt. This compares with the average for US adults, excluding zero-balance cards and store cards, which is $4878. The average credit card score in California is 687. This is below the median FICO credit score, which is 723 but if this were your score, you would still be considered a “good” credit risk.
California’s median household income is $53,040. Home ownership is 56% meaning that more than half of all Californians own their own homes.
California does have a problem in that it’s unemployment rate was 8.5% as of November of last year vs. the US unemployment rate of 6.7%.
However, this rate does vary all over the board from Los Angeles’s 9.4% to San Francisco’s 5.2%. San Jose surprisingly has an unemployment rate of 6.2% – despite the fact that it is home to so many high tech companies. San Diego’s unemployment rate is 6.8% and San Francisco comes in at 5.2%. This compares with the current national unemployment rate of 6.7%. In other words, if you were to eliminate Los Angeles from this list, the unemployment rate for California cities would look relatively good.
Los Angeles is California’s largest city with a population of 3,792,621 people. The next largest city in San Diego with 1,307,402 residents. And third is San Francisco whose population is 805,235.
California’s total labor force is 18,590,400. Nonfarm jobs lead the list with 14,748,200 people in these jobs while there are 631,900 Californians in construction, 1,256,000 in manufacturing jobs and not surprisingly a total of 438,700 in information jobs.
Debt Reduction & Debt Management in California
California Debt Reduction Programs & Laws
We are pleased to inform the residents of California that our debt relief services are available in your state! There is help for those struggling with unsecured debts. Our debt consultants are always ready to speak with you and give you a free consultation – you can call now:
We provide debt settlement and debt arbitration in the state of California. Credit card debt settlement is a way to reduce your debts with the creditor or collection agency to only pay back a fraction of the original amount owed. This method works because you pay less yet the creditor still recovers some of their loss.
However, you may not have to even apply for credit card debt settlement if the statute of limitations is up in your state and the debt no longer appears on your credit report. Legally, credit companies must recover the debt in a period of time specified by the state or the debt is no longer recoverable after this time period. Read on to find out if the statute of limitations is up for you.
(This is intended to be a helpful and informational debt resource for California consumers and does not constitute legal advice.)
California follows the set of federal laws dealing with collection agencies (and law firms that collect debts) that are collectively known as the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).
Original creditor or creditor collecting own debt must comply with all the provisions of the FDCPA, except those provisions dealing with required disclosures. (For example, the original creditor does not have to verify the debt’s validity).
Maximum Interest Rate a Collection Agency Can Charge: 10%
California Wage Protection: 75% of wages
Statute of Limitations on Delinquent Debts.
A statute of limitations is a law that sets forth the maximum period of time, after certain events, that legal proceedings based on those events may be initiated. For debt, the statutes of limitation apply to the maximum period of time after a consumer has become delinquent on their payments. The key point to remember is that you are considered delinquent not from the date of your last payment, but rather the day after you have gone past due. In other words, if you made your last payment on 3/3/03 and your next payment was due the same day of the next month, the statute of limitations on the debt would not start running until 4/4/04. The statutes of limitations vary from state to state and depend on the type of debt and where the original transaction took place (i.e. if you took the loan out in Texas but live in California, the applicable statutes of limitations would be Texas’).
Oral Agreements: 2 years
Written Contracts: 4 years
Promissory Notes: 4 years
Open Accounts (credit cards): 4 years
Whether you have unsecured credit cards, medical bills, personal loans or collection accounts, there’s help for you. The National Debt Relief Group offers a free consultation. You can fill out our Short Application and one of our debt specialists will contact you within minutes, or you can call now – (888) 703-4948.