Single-family housing noticeably less affordable in the Bay Area

Five Bay Area counties are affordable to less than 20 percent of residents
  • In only one Bay Area county is affordability above 25 percent.
  • Affordability issues are pushing some people outside of San Francisco and Alameda counties into outer counties like Solano.
  • Nearly every county in the Bay Area has a median home price that exceeds $600,000.

San Francisco and San Mateo counties rank as the two most unaffordable regions of California. According to the California Association of Realtors (CAR), only 10 percent of San Francisco County residents can afford the area’s median priced, existing home, which currently stands at nearly $1.25 million. In San Mateo, 13 percent of households can afford a median priced home, which is also $1.25 million.