The Golden State may not be so golden after all as a new poll shows many residents of California’s Bay Area do not wish to live there any longer.
A new poll conducted by the Bay Area Council has found nearly half of the region’s seven million residents want to leave Bay Area’s coastal cities of San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Berkeley, and others.
As Fox News reports, the 46 percent of people who said they had grown tired of the area named the region’s high cost of living, rising home prices, homelessness, and heavy traffic as reasons affecting their decision.
“This is the trend we’ve been observing. Two years ago, it was 34 percent and last year it was 40,” Bay Area Council president Jim Wunderman said, per the report.
“On the downside of it is all the people who need to be here to provide all the services are being priced out,” Wunderman added. “We’re seeing teachers, government workers, firefighters, police officers actually not able to live in the communities.”
The majority of the 1,000 polled said they have lived in the region for more than 20 years and increasingly believe that life in the Bay Area is heading in the wrong direction, despite mixed feelings about its economy.
Forty-five percent of those who say they are planning to leave cited cost of living as the driving factor, while 27 percent said housing and rent costs are becoming too much to bear.
Sixteen percent of that group said they plan to move somewhere else in California, while Texas, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona topped the most sought-after states outside of California for relocation.
And, per Fox Business:
California has some of the highest home prices in the country, which could be a reason why some Americans are moving elsewhere.
Online residential real estate website Trulia looked at where residents moved last year after leaving some of the Golden State’s most expensive coastal cities including San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles.
The average median home price in those four cities as of March 2017 was $720,000. During the same time period, the national average was $250,000.
The top destination for those leaving California’s costly coastal cities is Las Vegas, where the median listing for a home price as of March 2017 was $260,000, according to Trulia.
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As Fox News reports, several of the residents are looking to head out sooner rather than later:
Other residents who spoke to local media lamented home prices.
“You kill yourself trying to pay for the housing and then you leave because it’s just ridiculous, right? So I mean, it sounds about right,” Ben Imadal of San Francisco told KGO-TV.
Jack Hickox, also of San Francisco, said: “almost all of my daughter’s friends and their parents have left.”
“We’re making it work for now. Cross my fingers, but it’s hard,” he told the station.
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It does not appear the cost of living will be reduced any time soon as California Governor Jerry Brown is looking to tax normal drinking water.
Per the Daily Caller:
California Gov. Jerry Brown is prodding lawmakers to add a sizable tax on citizens drinking water in a bid to fix a beleaguered water system some citizens believe is poisoning poor people in rural areas.
The tax on drinking water, if passed, would be the first in California’s history. The money would go toward addressing drinking water tainted with arsenic and other contaminants in the San Joaquin Valley. Urban water agencies are trying to kill the bill, arguing the issue is confined to California’s rural areas.
Residents and businesses would pay a tax on their monthly water bills, while the average Californian would pay an additional $11.40 per year for drinking water. The agricultural industry would be forced to contribute through taxes on fertilizer purchases and fees paid by dairy farmers. Regulators have long argued California’s water is unsafe to drink.
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