Three in four adults (77%) expressed concern that their children will not be able to afford to buy housing in their area and 31% said that high housing costs are putting a strain on their household finances.
A majority of the Californians who were polled (55%) view the availability of affordable housing as a major problem in their region today, with only traffic congestion, cited by 59%, a bigger concern.
Of the home owners who were surveyed, only 23% said it was very likely and 30% that it was somewhat likely that they would be able to find a home they could afford and would want to buy in their part of California today. Of those who indicated that their homes had increased a lot, only 23% think they could find a home to buy in their area.
Although 86% of the renters in the poll said they were holding onto the hope of being able to buy a home someday, only 18% believe it is very likely they will be able to find one they can afford, and 49% say it is at least somewhat likely.
Other findings in the survey:
- Two in three residents (66%) said their neighborhoods have a sense of community, a perception that increases with age and length of residence and is higher among home owners.
- Three in four employed residents (77%) say they are very satisfied (44%) or somewhat satisfied (33%) with their commute to work. But only 52% are satisfied with available public transit options; 32% are dissatisfied.
- Seventy percent said they would prefer to live in a single-family detached home, even if it meant they had to drive to work and to travel locally. However, a majority (53%) also said they would choose to live in a small home with a small backyard if it meant a shorter commute to work.
- Forty-eight percent said they preferred to live in a more urban mixed-use neighborhood, while an almost equal number (49%) chose a more suburban resident-only neighborhoods.