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Housing Crunch

By the Numbers


The good news: The Bay Area is expected to thrive economically for a long time. The bad news: Prosperity will bring 1 million more residents by 2020, adding housing to a list of challenges that also includes rising real estate prices, increased traffic, and threats to our open space.

81,503 Number of new housing units needed to meet population growth in the East Bay between 1999 and 2006.

66,600 Number of housing units built in that time.

58 Pleasanton’s Smart Growth score (out of 100), the highest in the East Bay; Walnut Creek (50), Livermore (50), and Dublin (48) are close behind. The Greenbelt Alliance gives scores based on seven categories, ranging from preventing sprawl and building affordable housing to saving room for parks and open space.

10 Orinda’s Smart Growth score out of 100, the worst in the East Bay; Moraga followed, with 13, then Danville, with 14.

0 Permits issued for construction of new affordable housing units in Orinda between 1999 and 2006. According to state housing production goals, Orinda should have added 92 affordable units. 

Sources: Association of Bay Area Governments, the Greenbelt Alliance’s 2006 Smart Growth Scorecard, Bay Area Council.

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