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.


Fiscal Outlook: Property Taxes More Steady Than Home Prices November 18, 2015

Our Fiscal Outlook assumes continued growth in assessed values.


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.


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.


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.


Housing Costs Have Grown Faster Than Incomes December 17, 2014

Since 2002, on an inflation-adjusted basis, housing costs in California have grown faster than the total change in median household income.


Californians Spend More of Their Income on Housing December 17, 2014

Across the state, Californians spend more of their income on housing compared to residents in other states' metropolitan areas.


California Home Prices Rising Again December 16, 2014

2013 was the first year since 2006 in which California home prices increased significantly.


California Housing Construction Recovering Slowly December 16, 2014

Building permits for residential construction dropped sharply after the collapse of the housing bubble. They are recovering slowly.