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Mapping LA's Staggeringly Unaffordable Renting Culture

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The Census Bureau and its American Community Survey just keeps on giving sweet, precious data: this week they've released new data on The Way We Live Now (or from 2008 to 2012), along with an awesome mapping tool that shows things like education level and median household income in every census tract in the US (via our pals at Curbed New York). We already know that Los Angeles has the highest percentage of renters of any big city (52 percent in 2012), and the map shows exactly how that plays out—not surprisingly, home ownership/owner-occupied housing is a lot higher (darker colors) in richer areas like the hills, the Westside, and the Palos Verdes Peninsula. But most of the basin is a light-colored swath of renter-occupied housing. There are also some pretty incredible stats: a shocking half of LA County's renters (49.5 percent) are paying more than 35 percent of their household income in rent, far more than the recommended 30 percent (which cuts into other expenses and is really bad for both the renters and the economy, as previously discussed).

We've also seen that Los Angeles households are more likely to ditch their cars these days and 35 percent of households only have one vehicle; 9.7 percent have no vehicle. About a fifth (20.2 percent) have three or more vehicles.

In total, there are 3,441,416 housing units in the county, about half of which (49.8 percent) are detached one-units, aka single-family houses.
· CensusExplorer [US Census]
· Los Angeles Has The Highest Percentage Of Renters In The US [Curbed LA]