California Housing Cost Statistics
Median monthly housing costs in California is defined by the Census Bureau as including both gross rent and homeowner costs. Housing data in California is reported by the American Community Survey (ACS), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Unlike the Census—which is an exact count of people and households every ten years—ACS statistics are estimated based on a representative survey sample.
How do housing costs in California compare to other states and the United States?
"Median housing costs" includes both gross rent and homeowner costs. Gross rent includes both the contract rent and any additional utility and fuel costs. Homeowner costs include mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance, fuel and utilities, and such additional costs as condominium or mobile home fees.
How do housing costs vary within California?
Note: Hover over a county in California to see its median income.
How does the rent in California compare with other states and the United States?
Gross rent includes both the contract rent and any additional utility and fuel costs. Housing units surveyed as "no rent paid" are excluded from the median calculation.
How do homeowner costs vary in California?
The bulk of homeowner costs is mortgages. Other homeowner costs include property taxes, insurance, fuel and utilities, and such additional costs as condominium or mobile home fees.
About the Data
Data is from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), 1-year estimates. The following tables are used:
• Median Monthly Housing Costs: Table B25105
• Median Gross Rent: Table B25064
• Monthly Homeowner Costs by Mortgage Status: Table B25088
This report uses the Census Bureau Data API but is not endorsed or certified by the Census Bureau.