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How has the region grown over the past decade?

For every two new families, only one home was built.
In the 1990s the City's population grew by 6 percent to more than 3.5 million people. While the City was growing by nearly 200,000 additional people – over 70,000 new households1, only 38,000 additional units were built – roughly one home for every two new families.

Chart: Number of Building Permits Compared to Housing Element Goal

If not enough homes were built, then where are people living?
Many new residents were newborn babies living with their families. Some new households moved into vacant apartments and the vacancy rate decreased by 25 percent. Others moved in with family or friends and the number of overcrowded households increased by 25 percent.

Will this growth trend continue into the future?
In the four years between January 2000 and January 2004, according to the California Department of Finance, Los Angeles kept growing. Population growth in the City for these four years is estimated at 9 percent - one and one half again as large as that in the previous decade. Again, housing production is not expected to keep up leading to another increase in household size. Nevertheless the pace of housing production, which averaged only 3,770 units per year in the 1990's, had risen to 4,479 units per year by the end of 2003.

City of L.A. Population and Housing Growth, 1990-2000
Population and
Housing Units
1990
2000
Change
% Change
Population
3,485,398
3,584,620
+ 199,220
6%
Housing Units
1,299,963
1,337,688
+ 37,705
2.9%
Occupied Units
1,217,405
1,275,412
+ 58,007
4.7%
Household Size
2.80
2.83
+ .03
1%
Overcrowded Units
81,765
95,605
+ 13,837
16.9%
Severely Overcrowded
178,757
230,356
+ 51,599
28.8%
Vacant Units
82,558
62,256
- 20,302
-24.5%
Vacancy Rate
6.3%
4.6%
-2.3%
-36%

Source: 2000 U.S. Census

Estimated Population and Housing Growth
City of Los Angeles, 2000-2003
Population and
Housing Units
2000
2003
Increase
% Change
Population
3,584,620
3,912,244
327,624
9.1%
Housing Units
1,337,688
1,356,107
18,419
1.4%
Occupied Units
1,275,412
1,293,329
17,917
1.4%
Household Size
2.83
2.96
0.13
4.6%
Vacant Units
62,256
62,778
522
-
Vacancy Rate
4.6%
4.63%
.03
-

2000 U.S. Census, 2004 California State Department of Finance Estimates

1 using household size of 2.83 people from the 2000 Census.

 
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