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The affordability crisis in Los Angeles is driving people out of the area in search for more affordable living options. In fact, Los Angeles had one of the highest net migration losses in 2017, while the neighboring Riverside County had one of the highest net migration gains. This pattern is largely attributed to the increasing housing costs in Los Angeles and other coastal markets. According to a recent report from ATTOM Data Solutions, affordability has dropped to the lowest level in a decade.

Migration patterns are one of the consequences of affordability. “We here a lot about it anecdotally,” Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM Data Solutions, tells GlobeSt.com. “If you can’t afford Los Angeles, you move to Riverside County, where it is more affordable. Or, you move to Dallas. In the migration numbers, we see a clear connection between affordability and migration patterns. Los Angeles County had one of the biggest net migration losses in 2017, after Cook County, Illinois. Riverside County, which is right next door, had one of the biggest increases of migration—the third highest in the country.”

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Borland is a freelance writer and editor living whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Riviera Orange County.

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