Hello again Gayle,
This is an excellent question.
The USDA Guaranteed Home Mortgage Loans are the most common type of USDA Loan in California and allow for higher income limits and 100% financing for home purchases. USDA Guaranteed Loan applicants may have an income of up to 115% of the median household income for the area. All USDA Guaranteed Loans carry 30 year terms and are set at a fixed rate.
To be eligible for A USDA Rural Loan in California, your monthly housing costs (mortgage principal and interest, property taxes, and insurance) must meet a specified percentage of your gross monthly income (29% ratio). Your credit background will be fairly considered. A 620 FICO credit score is required to obtain a USDA Rural Housing Loan approval.. You must also have enough income to pay your housing costs plus all additional monthly debt (41% ratio). These ratios can be exceeded somewhat with compensating factors. Applicants for loans may have an income of up to 115% of the median income for the area (see link below) Families must be without adequate housing, but be able to afford the mortgage payments, including taxes and insurance
USDA Rural loans are based on both INCOME eligibility:
AND PROPERTY eligibility guidelines:
These two websites should answer most of your questions.