Study: Housing Costs Put a Damper on L.A.’s Quality of Life

Sky-high housing prices and economic uncertainty are negatively impacting quality of life in Los Angeles County. That’s the conclusion from the 2018 Quality of Life Index just released by the UCLA Luskin Los Angeles Initiative and The California Endowment.

As part of the annual study, researchers examined residents’ responses to a series of questions related to quality of life, including cost of living, education, and public safety matters.

More than half of Los Angeles County residents are worried that they might have to move because of the rising costs of housing in the region, according to the 2018 Quality of Life Index, a project of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs’ Los Angeles Initiative and The California Endowment. The concern is even more prevalent among residents younger than 50, the study found.

Housing costs were an overarching concern for every age group, but especially men and women in their 30’s.

Sixty-eight percent of 18-to-29-year-olds, 73 percent of 30-to-39-year-olds, and 65 percent of 40-to-49-year-olds said they or someone close to them has considered moving due to housing costs.

Read more about the findings here


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Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 04:44

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