The Need for Housing

Marin County is one of the least affordable counties in California. Both renters and homeowners face challenges.

THE MAJORITY OF MARIN'S WORKFORCE NOW LIVES OUTSIDE MARIN COUNTY:  Close to 60% of employees who work in Marin County commute from outside the County, the highest percentage in the Bay area.  This affects the quality of life of our workforce and their families.  Each day, workers who provide services in Marin – our teachers, nurses, office workers, public safety workers, daycare providers, retail salespeople and restaurant workers – drive long distances, 30 miles on average, just to get to work.  When local employees can’t live close to where they live, everyone loses.

  • Traffic increases and more cars on the road impact efforts to protect against climate change.
  • Employers have a harder time finding quality employees and keeping them.
  • Local businesses lose revenue when workers spend dollars earned in Marin outside the county.
  • Families lose time together.

FEW AFFORDABLE HOMES FOR WORKERS:  Approximately two-thirds of all Marin employees earn less than the $55,176 annual income needed to affordably rent a median 1-bedroom apartment.   And 54% of all in-commuters make less than $40,000 per year.  There are simply not enough rental units priced to match the incomes of Marin's workforce.

Homeownership is even more out of reach.  Most Marin emplyees can't afford to own a home.  Although the median home price has fallen, many workers are still priced out of the homeownership market. As of September 2012, the median sales price of a single-family home in Marin was $748,500.