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Multi-unit Housing Is Becoming More Common, but Has Low Homeownership Rates

By Hans Johnson, Eric McGhee

Since 2010, almost half of new housing units built in California have been in multi-unit buildings, a larger share than in previous years. Compared with single-family homes, residences in multi-unit housing are more likely to be rentals and tend not to draw families.

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Large Cities Lose Population even as They Add New Housing

By Hans Johnson

In a major shift, new housing in California now outpaces population growth. We look at what kinds of housing are being built where—and potential implications for affordability and future population patterns.

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Desire for Action on Housing Contrasts with How Californians Want to Live

By Dean Bonner

Majorities of Californians favor the state easing environmental and land use restrictions to increase housing supply and support requiring localities to build their fair share of affordable housing. At the same time, an overwhelming majority say they would prefer living in a single-family detached home over living in a condominium or townhome.

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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Rachel Lawler, Deja Thomas

Californians name economic conditions, homelessness, and housing as the most important issues facing the state today. A majority of Californians favor changing state environmental regulations as a way to increase housing affordability.

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Housing Costs Have Californians Considering an Interstate Move

By Dean Bonner

More than four in ten Californians say that housing costs have made them seriously consider moving, and an overwhelming majority of this group say they would leave the state. The share of Californians considering a move out of the state has about doubled across all income and education groups since 2004.

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Despite State Action, Grim Views on Housing Persist

By Dean Bonner

While policymakers have taken steps in recent years to address the state’s housing challenges, seven in ten Californians say that housing affordability is a big problem—the highest share since 2017. In addition, a solid majority of residents are very concerned that the cost of housing will prevent their family’s younger generation from buying a home in their part of California.

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Video: Women in California’s Legislature

By Mary Severance

On International Women’s Day, PPIC president and CEO Tani Cantil-Sakauye moderated a discussion with four influential women in the California State Legislature, who talked about their experiences, their legislative priorities, and the importance of diverse voices in the policymaking process.

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