LOS ANGELES ( — About one in four households in Los Angeles spend over half their income on housing, according to a study released Thursday.

Researchers with the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University behind “The State of the Nation’s Housing 2014″ study ranked Los Angeles as the least affordable metropolitan area in the U.S. due to its high rent prices and housing costs.

Over half of all LA households spend at least 30 percent of their income on rent or mortgage payments, while half of all renters nationwide are “cost-burdened” – meaning they spend at least 50 percent of their income on rent – according to the study.

The rest of the state didn’t fare much better: researchers say seven of the 10 U.S. metropolitan areas with the highest share of cost-burdened households are in California, including the Inland Empire, San Diego and Ventura County.

Although the housing industry saw some gains in construction, home prices, and sales in 2013, household growth is still recovering from the effects of the recession, the study found.



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