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Census data show that wildfires affect poverty pattern in California

California's booming tech industry is legendary for pouring increasing wealth into the San Francisco Bay Area, but new government data suggest that a far more primitive force is now helping to shape income demographics in the region - wildfire.

Data released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau found that while Silicon Valley enjoys some of the nation's highest incomes, areas of wine country that were devastated by wildfire now have some of the lowest poverty rates in the U.S.

A potential factor in that drop? Homes lost to

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