finds growing regional
concern about affordable housing
Living in one of the nation’s hottest real estate markets
has made Sacramento area residents increasingly concerned about
affordable housing, according to a survey by researchers at California
State University, Sacramento.
The survey shows 51 percent of the region’s residents think
affordable housing is a “big problem,” up 4 percent
in just one year. That’s higher than in surveys of the state
as a whole and Los Angeles (44 percent each) and other Southern
California regions (41 percent). In the Bay Area, meanwhile, 59
percent call affordable housing a big problem.
Another 33 percent of Sacramento area residents say affordable housing
is “somewhat of a problem,” meaning a strong overall
majority is concerned about the issue. The survey also found that
a 90 percent of the region’s residents would prefer to live
in a single-family detached home, but only 73 percent do.
The findings are the latest from the “Annual Survey of Public
Opinion and Life Quality in the Sacramento Region.” Previously
released results focused on the war in Iraq and affirmative action.
Researchers say the tight housing market has made affordable housing
an issue for area residents. In a recent report from the National
Association of Realtors, Sacramento was the nation’s hottest
housing market, with the median price of a single-family home increasing
26.7 percent from late 2001 to late 2002.
The second “Annual Survey of Public Opinion and Life Quality
in the Sacramento Region” was carried out by CSUS sociology
professor Amy Liu and more than 30 students at the Institute for
Social Research. They surveyed 996 randomly selected adults in the
Capital Region from Feb. 15 to March 13. The margin of error is
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