Housing affordability, traffic worsen in 2017 San Diego Quality of Life report

Posted at 2:01 PM, May 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-16 00:04:41-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)--Housing affordability and traffic are growing worse in our area, according to the San Diego Regional Quality of Life Dashboard for 2017.

The Center for Sustainable Energy's Equinox Project released the latest version of the annual progress report today. 

Compared to last year, the eighth annual report shows six indicators that have worsened, including housing affordability, traffic, beach water quality, landfill waste disposal, entrepreneurship and air quality.

Six indicators in the report show improvement, including employment, climate action, renewable energy, residential electricity, water use, and electrified transportation.

Three indicators remained neutral this year: park access, transportation choices, and cross-border metrics.

Housing received a low grade because median single-family housing prices in San Diego County rose 7.2% from 2015 to 2016.  41% of homeowners and 57% of renters in San Diego County spend more than 30% of their income on housing.

Traffic is also a challenge for San Diegans.  Most local drivers spend more than 18 hours a year in traffic, nearly an hour and a half more than in 2015.

San Diego leaders use the dashboard to help understand broad regional trends.

For the complete interactive online report, visit the Center for Sustainable Energy site.