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California Moving Back in With Its Parents

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New census data out today tells us that there are lots of empty houses out there in California: "The Golden State's homeowner vacancy rate shot up from 1.4 percent to 2.1 percent, while the rental vacancy rate rose from 3.7 percent to 6.3 percent...At the same time, the average household size in owner-occupied and rental units increased across the state." (Despite lobbying, bobcats are still not counted in the census.) Californians have also gotten older--the median age has increased from 33.3 in 2000 to 35.2. [Mercury News]