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California's Housing Nightmare Is Only Getting Worse

When historians look back on contemporary California, one thing they'll be bound to make note of is that the state's developers bet on the wrong model.

Endless, suburban sprawl is coming back to haunt California in ways both major and minor. In densely populated communities across the state, traffic is horrible thanks to underdeveloped public transportation (this is especially true in LA). Most residents have accepted that deadly, devastating wildfires are just part of the deal now - bound to recur endlessly until the state's population shrinks to the point that it no longer intermingles with the state's vast swaths of woodland.

But it's not just the apocalyptic images of fiery doom that have some of the state's residents rethinking their decision to settle in California. The wildfires have had all kinds of ancillary effects: In parts of the state, PG&E is essentially shutting down large portions of the power grid in disruptive distributed blackouts intended to lower the fire risk.

Another impact has been the impact on California's housing market. In a state where stiff regulations have strangled efforts to build more affordable housing, the median price or a house now tops out at around $600,000, more than twice the national level. The state has four of the five most expensive residential housing markets in the US - Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Orange County and San Diego (LA comes in 7th).

When adjusted for cost of living, California's poverty rate is the worst in the country. The state accounts for 12% of the US population, but houses a quarter of its homeless.

For both owners and renters, Cali requires the highest share of household spending.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although Mike and I met and married in Southern California, we have absolutely no desire to live there anymore.

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