MDA DataQuick has released its November housing figures for the Bay Area. Year-over-year, looks like a mixed bag. Click on the chart for a clearer view.

MDA DataQuick November housing stats

On a related note, California Watch drops some figures into a story you already know: Californians spend a lot more on housing than people in the rest of the country.

Drawing from census data, CW reports that more than half of the state’s residents spend over 30% of their income on rent and utilities.

The 30 percent threshold for housing costs has long been a conventional marker of affordability. The estimates, released Tuesday, show that housing costs exceed 30 percent for 36.7 percent of mortgaged owners and 46.2 percent of renters nationwide.

Housing costs in California are among the highest in the country. California homeowners spend an average $2,292 per month, compared to $1,486 nationally. Renters in the state pay an average $1,116 toward housing, compared to $817 nationally.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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