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 is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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