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.
Across the state, Californians spend more of their income on housing compared to residents in other states' metropolitan areas.
In recent decades, Californians have spent more of their income on housing, health care, and other services not subject to the state and local sales tax.