Californians consider moving due to rising housing costs, poll finds

A 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.

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.


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  1. Ron
    Ron 21 September, 2017, 11:30

    The net out-migration (more leaving the state than moving into the state) of 1.2 million Californians out of the state people between 2005 and 2014, ranking 49th is the result of the “silent” majority voting with their feet in favor of states with better economic opportunities, while the “vocal” minority of our elected officials continue to over regulate.

    Almost half of California’s 2014 income taxes were paid by the top 1 percent, so taxing the millionaires may work, if we can count on them staying in CA, but history is working against that tax crusade. The exodus of businesses from California is now being followed by the out migration of our citizens.

    In the decade from 2006, California’s population has grown 1.077% to 38.8 million as a result of internal growth (kids having kids) and we have less manufacturing jobs today than we had in 2006.

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  2. Ulyssess Uhaul
    Ulyssess Uhaul 21 September, 2017, 12:32

    We see reasonably strong demand for our moving services especially to southern states.

    We offer free maps with points of interest such as prior successful snowflake campus riots, statues and monuments of all kinds candidates for beat downs , GPS of all Waffle Houses, Cracker Barrells and Dunkin Donuts.

    Also , we throw in some popular Olive Garden coupons….those cheweee breadsticks sure give ya energy to do the two lane curveee night driving.

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    • Jack
      Jack 24 September, 2017, 21:31

      Your ‘Rules for Radicals’ sarcasm schtick is getting a little dated, no?

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  3. CaliExpat
    CaliExpat 21 September, 2017, 14:21

    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….

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    • Joy
      Joy 22 September, 2017, 12:43

      ‘Hispandering’, now that’s a new one. I will definitely add it to my vocabulary. Love it.

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    • Joybeum
      Joybeum 22 September, 2017, 12:45

      ‘Hispandering’, now that’s a new one. I will definitely add it to my vocabulary. Love it.

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    • Bubba
      Bubba 26 September, 2017, 06:57

      Couldn’t agree with you more! Moonbeams global warming crusade tax and spend policies greenies running everything social engineering California being ranked 50 out 59 for business friendliness etc I said it was time cash out and leave!

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  4. Ricky
    Ricky 21 September, 2017, 14:33

    Ohh no!! More low class welfare recipients are going to move to Las Vegas, please please we have to much no class lazy outsiders from California already commiting crime, Nice neighborhoods has to many California license plate cars leaking oil all over, crime is going up because of low class no integrity welfare recipients think we own them something, welfare recipients selling food stamps outside the grocery store this morning telling me they just moved here from California, please please don’t bring your bad habits here lazy no class people from California, please don’t bring your bad bugs,

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    • phood
      phood 22 September, 2017, 05:55

      The legislature needs to get radical about housing. Cities need to be stopped from regulating or zoning higher density out of existence. The forces in favor of higher housing prices, especially demand for good weather locations on the California coasts, will never allow the state to have cheap home prices. But it can do a much better job.

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  5. Sean
    Sean 22 September, 2017, 07:18

    The average cost of a single family home is $550K in CA, double that is places like Santa Clara County. Looking at the population increase and the number of housing units built, CA is likely short about 40,000 units annually. Just multiply those two numbers and you have a $20 billion housing shortfall annually. Oddly enough, the most direct source of money is a fee on transactions which will raise costs and the other is a ballot measure to raise $4 billion dollars for low income housing. That amount of money barely even covers the cost of regulations on home buyers ($85K per unit times 40,000 units needed is $3.4 billion).
    The legislature seems to be doing things to make it look like they are not ignoring the problem but they are just working at the margins and not solving anything.

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  6. Mike
    Mike 23 September, 2017, 06:50

    There are sections of the State overrun by poor, uneducated Illegal Mexicans, tens of thousands. Many show no desire to do much more than live in the US, send money back to their beloved homeland.They do not embrace US norms, do not trust law enforcement and harbor criminals.
    Forget housing, this is a good reason to leave, because there is no end to them.

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  7. Queeg
    Queeg 23 September, 2017, 10:37


    The poor are always among us. If mass immigration is encouraged, then government must take care of the poor.

    Also, there is no such thing as a minimum wage….there are only minimum jobs wrought by slaver globalists, corporate food barons, slum lords, big box store moguls….the service economy is demeaning and explotive taking advantage of unsuspecting immigrants, the unskilled precious young, defenseless single moms.

    Dumbed down minimum jobs have more value when thoughtfully restructured setting up workers for productive futures instead of squeezing every little nickle out of the masses as “the” business model”.

    Never ever tip……you encourage the institutionalizing of minimum jobs and economic slavery.

    Help workers who must each tedious day beg for tin cup tips by encouraging them to seek respectable and dignified employment only….

    Comrades you are the solution!

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  8. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 25 September, 2017, 08:17

    From California here we come to California here we Go and we all have Moonbeam and the blabbering fools in the south state to blame besides Moonbeam can greet all the future demacratic voters and supporters

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  9. Gone for good
    Gone for good 29 September, 2017, 04:27

    I left November 2001. Single best thing we did to secure a sound retirement. I was 42 at the time. The quality of life is so much better both in financial health, school quality and business friendly to small business out of state. Looking back we should have done it much sooner. California is on a slow walk to destruction. You can’t tax yourself to prosperity. Without high tech California is toast.

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  10. Ulyssess Uhaul
    Ulyssess Uhaul 29 September, 2017, 10:22

    Californians look to their home equity as the only salvation to catch up on retirement positioning ala sell in high cost areas and buy inland cheaper housing alternatives.

    We are offering doomers moving inland a variety of maps, check lists, coupons and super reasonable midweek rental rates…….you’ll love us!!!!!

    Queeg is throwing his personally autographed Pantalonia stream fishing 8×12 glossy color photo too!!!!

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