New Report: Perspectives on Helping Low-Income Californians Afford Housing February 9, 2016

In a follow up to California’s High Housing Costs: Causes and Consequences, we offer additional evidence that facilitating more private housing development in the state’s coastal urban communities would help make housing more affordable for low-income Californians.


County Economies: California Arguably Doing Better Than Recent Report Suggests January 26, 2016

We discuss a recent National Association of Counties report on county economies.


Limited Evidence California is Facing New Housing Bubble December 4, 2015

We briefly review the data concerning possible overheating in the state's housing market.


Vacation Home Growth Continued in 2014 September 23, 2015

In a recent post, we noted that vacation homes are becoming more common in many parts of California. This post provides a brief update on these trends incorporating newly released data from the 2014 American Community Survey.


Lower-Income Households Moving to Inland California from Coast September 16, 2015

A look at American Communtiy Survey data shows notable movement of lower-income households from California's expensive coastal metro areas to the state's inland metro regions.


Vacation Homes Becoming More Common in Many Parts of California September 10, 2015

This post looks at county-level trends in vacation homes across California.


Los Angeles Consumer Prices Up Notably in July August 19, 2015

A spike in gas prices contributed to Los Angeles-area consumer prices rising substantially faster than the nation as a whole in July, according to new federal data.


Generational Differences in Homeownership and Housing Costs August 17, 2015

We discuss one of the likely consequences of rising California housing costs: intergenerational differences in homeownership and housing costs.


May Revision: LAO Economic Outlook May 15, 2015

Our office's May Revision economic outlook, responding to the administration's economic projections, notes that California's growth recently has outpaced the nation's.


Limited Statewide Economic Impact of Drought April 14, 2015

This blog post responds to questions we receive regularly concerning the likely effect of the drought on the state's economy and tax revenues.


Bank Lending Surged in California in 2014 March 26, 2015

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco recently released lending and other data for commercial banks headquartered in the West, including California, through the end of 2014.


Report: California's High Housing Costs: Causes and Consequences March 17, 2015

Our office's 44-page report, videos, and infographics on one of the state's most significant economic issues, housing costs.


Local Housing Facts March 17, 2015

This post provides metro specific summaries of our analyses from California’s High Housing Costs: Causes and Consequences.


A Look at Housing Markets Outside of California's Major Metros March 17, 2015

We provide data on housing markets in California communities outside of the state's major metro areas.


Renter Housing Costs Have Outpaced Owner Costs February 17, 2015

Since the early 2000s, median housing costs in California have increased faster than median incomes. During the last several years, though, the gap between these two has narrowed. This overall improvement is largely attributable to falling housing costs for homeowners, while the gap between renters' incomes and their housing costs continues to widen.