Poll finds Californians consider leaving state due to rising housing costs

urban-housing-sprawl-366c0A majority of voters in California have considered moving due to rising housing costs, according to new findings from the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies, with 1 in 4 saying that if they moved it would be out of the state for good.

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It’s just the latest piece of evidence on the state’s housing crisis, as residents confront a shrinking supply of homes and rising costs, leading many to wonder if they’d be better off elsewhere.

“When you then ask them where they would relocate, they’re often throwing up their hands,” poll director Mark DiCamillo said, according to the LA Weekly. “Millennials seem to be the most likely to say they’d consider leaving.”

The uneasiness about the market appears most dramatically in the Bay Area, where 65 percent of those polled said they’re facing an “extremely serious” housing affordability problem.

But even in Los Angeles and San Diego, 59 percent and 51 percent, respectively, have considered re-locating over housing affordability issues.

The IGS poll sampled 1,200 registered California voters from late August through early September.

In Los Angeles specifically, a recent analysis found that a person needs to earn over $109,000 per year to afford a two-bedroom apartment in the city, with the assumption that renters are spending 30 percent or less of their income on housing.

Across the entire state, the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $1,750 and a two-bedroom averages $2,110.

“These are very dramatic findings,” DiCamillo added, according to the Mercury News. “In every region of California, the rising cost of housing has crept into the consciousness of voters.”

The median price of a single-family home rose around 7 percent year-over-year to $565,330 in California this past August – and in Santa Clara County, the heart of Silicon Valley, the median price jumped a shocking 17.9 percent year-over-year to $1,150,000.

The state Legislature is taking notice, passing 15 bills this month relating to housing affordability, seeking to increase the pace at which housing construction takes place.

For example, Senate Bill 2 and Senate Bill 3 provide new funding for low-income housing, while SB35 attempts to streamline the approval process for construction in municipalities that fall behind Sacramento’s housing goals.

While California boasts some of the highest earners, it also has the nation’s highest poverty rate when housing costs are factored in, resulting in a heightened sense of urgency in a state that has some of the biggest regulatory hurdles for new home building.

This article was originally published by CalWatchdog.com


  1. Andrew Kessel says

    Here’s a brilliant California democrat government idea. Let’s provide new funding for low income housing, by slapping more taxes on the citizens (real estate transactions, etc. How about quit taxing the living crap out of your citizens, and pushing out the people who actually work and pay their taxes?

    • I’m right there with you on that, but my wife and I have already made the decision. We bought a place “across the border” in Yuma, AZ and should be completely moved by year end. I’ve lived in Kalifornistan since early 1962, but I’m done. Nothing will change in this state until CALPERS and CALSTRS collapse and destroy this once beautiful state.

  2. Right on Andrews, that’s state run by it’s liberal loons and predominately foreign representatives sucks the blood out of its citizens. Too many giveaway benefits, sanctuary crap, political corruption all for the votes with total disregard for the constituents of the state. Not a problem for the elite group with their pockets full of money, they would love nothing more for the people who helped make their wealth leave.

  3. retiredxlr8r says

    There ya go, subsidized low income housing, that’ll solve the problem.
    What idiots we have in Sacramento. I apologize for the name calling but when it fits, it fits.
    Housing cost is only the very tip of the iceberg, throw in environmental strangulation regulations, throw in high cost of fuel (which drives the cost of everything else), and let’s not forget the other taxes and debt that Gov. Brown and his Brown Shirts have saddle California citizens with. And, oh yes, the lousy school system, and the fact that the state will no longer protect its citizens by letting felons out early to murder, rape, and rob once again. And there is that sanctuary state thing, where illegals are going to come and live with you because the gov. brown our resident idiot says that we need to welcome, protect, and provide all necessary service for, but the citizen can go shovel sand.
    I am so tired of this state and it’s leadership, what a total waste of time it is with the sad fact that citizens get to pay for the mistakes and errors in judgement, everything from taxes to neighborhood crime.
    It is time to move……

    • homelessnative says

      google “convention of states” its a good start… Being a native myself… yupe.. the brownshirts passing laws without a vote. Can we say taxation without representation?

  4. 1 in 4 and the other 3/4ths because of illegals, crime, and corruption in the likes of baldy pecker nose brown and his pos cronies–change will eventually happen to rid the State of these assholes–but CA will be destroyed before that happens—and beyond repair!?

  5. Some of the decisions and bills coming from our lawmakers astound me. The over taxing of the middle class, the decision to become a sanctuary state without voter approval, giving 30 million to illegals to help keep them here…it goes on and on. THOSE are the reasons people are leaving. It doesn’t have a damn thing to do with housing costs. This is a beautiful state and people will stay in their million dollar 3bd 2ba average house. That’s not the issue. It’s the outlaw lawmakers!

  6. Considering?
    Considered, and Gone!

  7. J. Richards Garcia says

    No matter how they look, the democrats are very calculated. They are giddy with excitement of how easy it looks for them as the republican voters and politicians dwindle.
    Remember, the plan put in environmental law, is to force millions of Californians out of their homes into high-rises on certain already planned transportation routes.
    First, by convincing/forcing Californians into massive numbers of affordable housing units in and around those transportation routes means the greenie democrats achieve their dreams of total dictatorial domination.
    Also remember, the legal plan is for 90 percent or more of California land to be forcibly vacated for animals and green spaces.
    If you leave California, the democrats think that’s okay also. But again remember, the plan for the rest of the United States is to do unto the rest what they’re doing to California.
    If the Chinese, Russians, North Koreans or Iranians don’t first bomb us back into the Stone Age, welcome to green hell!
    You best pray for Trump.

  8. Fed up with California says

    My wife and I already left when our apartment complex wanted to raise our rent to 2900 per month, up from 2300. My wife and I happy relocated to Florida. No state income tax, low property tax, low mortgages. Low cost of living.

    Have fun fighting the communist party, I mean Democrat party in that state. These elected representatives are finding out that you can eventually run out of other people’s money to spend

  9. California resident and the DEMSWITS have created this whole mess..The open borders, socialist communist Democrates and their UNION and Teacher THUGS…..

  10. What the story also leaves out is 20% of ALL Californians live in poverty…The Dems have pretty much SCREWED this whole state up…The Unions and teachers by the Dems to keep their cushy retirement and medical benefits..It is a constant loop…DEMS BEING BOUGHT AND PAID for by Unions…20% live in poverty…

  11. Susan is right. We’re leaving in response to those factors, too, but housing for us is a positive – our equity in the house is phenomenal, so when we sell, we’ll have no problem paying cash for two homes with $ left over. CA is lost, and we can leave. Win, win.

  12. Brenda Torres says

    MORE THAN THAT!!! Higher Taxes, Single Payer Healthcare, Sanctuary State, the Boondoggle Bullet Train and No support for our Farmers and Restrictions, Restrictions, Restrictions!!!

  13. Karl H. Studinger says

    Not only high housing costs, but property tax, income tax, sales tax, and every tax, you can think of.

  14. Michael Long says

    Here’s whose leaving: Retiring public employees, middle class families, thousands who were born and raised in California but are choosing to leave because of the changing demographics due to illegal immigration which has been a major cause of the increasing cost of living and overcrowding, and many businesses and jobs due to regulations that kill opportunity and economic growth. It’s not just high housing costs, but high utility rates, crime and criminal activity, unrealistic water costs and crappy legislation coming out of Sacramento unrelated to what ordinary California want or need to live as they once used too and hoped to grown old in.

  15. Well, we were on the other side of that equation and cashed out of our lovely home in the vaunted Oak Park Unified School District while we still could get top dollar…that was in late May 2017…
    Between the risk of the Santa Susana Field Lab remediation project, the ever growing seismic risk, a school system that is debt happy and building green monuments to Superintendent “Phony” Tony Knight’s ego ( and future political aspirations) coupled with the influx of new residents that only care about their precious progeny’s education and not about keeping up their home to the previous standards, it was time to go…
    As the job market dries up and competition gets only hotter, along with the self-inflicted drought issue caused by “Green” governance, it was time to go…
    Layer in a healthy dose of Trump Derangement Syndrome and ultra liberal green legislation designed to benefit union donors and “sanctuary citizens” by Hispandering legislators, and it was time to go…
    Still a nice place to visit, but to live and be fleeced by capricious taxation and social engineering masquerading as government??? No way….

  16. homelessnative says

    where was this outrage when California allowed non citizens to get a license.. were you all so bleeping blind? it allows them to vote in our country. If you believe otherwise, you were lied to. What to see where you are heading? look at Chicago..

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