For years, housing development in San Mateo County has not kept up with the thousands of new jobs added, and the problem has gotten worse in recent years. This jobs-housing gap drives up the cost of housing for homebuyers and renters alike, produces congestion and long commutes for workers, and forces our friends and family members to move away because they can no longer afford to live here.
Source: CA EDD, US Census, American Community Survey.
Source: EDD, ABAG, and State of California Department of Finance, from memo by 21 Elements, Joshua Abrams, Baird + Driskell Community Planning.
Source: Bay Area Council poll.
Source: Sustainable San Mateo County, San Mateo County Association of Realtors
Source: Zillow Data, each year’s data from June
Source: Sustainable San Mateo County, SMC DOH, updated November 2018.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau. 2014 LODES Data. Longitudinal-Employer Household Dynamics.
As a consequence of the job-housing gap and the high cost of housing, San Mateo County has high rates of in- and out-commuting, producing long commutes and traffic congestion for residents and workers.
A majority (62%) of the 329,100 employed residents in San Mateo County work outside of the county:
At the same time, a similar majority of San Mateo County’s 339,200 workers (63%) live outside the county: