Riverside Rated #6 in Providing Healthy Housing

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Source: California City News

Riverside bucks national trends and offers residents some of the healthiest housing of all US metropolitan areas, according to the US Census Bureau. In its recent report, released on October 1, 2013, the Census Bureau’s American Housing Survey rated Riverside as #6 in providing healthy housing.

In the aftermath of the recession and a national foreclosure crisis, experts say poor housing conditions have constituted an alarming trend across the United States. In fact, an estimated 40 percent of inner-city and suburban homes have at least one health or safety hazard, according to the National Center for Healthy Housing, a Maryland-based non-profit research group.

The report determined the top 45 metropolitan areas for healthy housing. The rankings were based on 20 health-related housing characteristics in the Census Bureau’s American Housing Survey, including the presence of rats, peeling paint, holes in walls, and inoperative toilets.

Four California metropolitan areas have made the top 10. San Jose came in at #1, while Anaheim-Santa Ana came in at #3. Sacramento and San Bernardino-Riverside were both tied for the #6 spot, along with Miami-Hialeah, Florida and Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota. Other California cities in the top 20 include San Diego (#12), as well as San Francisco and Oakland which were tied at #16.

In December, the group will release its National Healthy Housing Standard, which can then be adopted by municipalities as a sort of property maintenance code. The group’s director Rebecca Morley believes it could help improve the standard of living for countless residents across the United States.

More information on the survey can be found at the Census Bureau’s American Housing Survey web site.