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PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on Californians and Their Housing

Mark Baldassare | November 2004

Summary

Some findings of the current survey

  • 84% of Californians say that home values in their region have increased a lot in recent years.
  • 55% consider the availability of housing a big problem.
  • 77% say they are at least somewhat concerned that the cost of housing will prevent the younger generation in their family from buying a home in their region of the state.
  • Homeownership represents a profound dividing line between the “haves” and “have nots”: Majorities of whites (71%) and Asians (59%) own their homes; majorities of Latinos (55%) and blacks (51%) are renters. The likelihood of owning a home increases sharply with age, income, and education.
  • Homeowners are far more likely than renters to say they are very satisfied with their housing (75% to 34%) and community (65% to 41%).
  • Although 86% of renters in California hold onto the hope of being homeowners someday, only 18% believe it is very likely and 49% somewhat likely that they will find a home they can afford.

This is the 52nd PPIC Statewide Survey and the last in a current series of eight surveys examining public perceptions, policy preferences, and political choices relating to population growth, land use, and the environment.

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