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81.1% of California Energy Is Derived From Fossil Fuels

81.1% of California Energy Is Derived From Fossil Fuels

By Mike LaFirenza With the effects of global climate change becoming increasingly apparent, policymakers across the U.S. are moving to reduce the nation’s reliance on carbon-based fossil fuels. At the beginning of his term, President Joe Biden rejoined the Paris Climate Accord, and in April, the Biden Administration announced aggressive new greenhouse gas reduction goals, […]

California Is The 6th Most Dangerous State For Cyclists

California Is The 6th Most Dangerous State For Cyclists

While cycling has grown in popularity in recent years, it has especially boomed during the COVID-19 pandemic as people moved to the outdoors to exercise and looked for alternatives to public transportation. At the same time, cycling has become more dangerous—according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, cycling traffic fatalities increased by 35% from […]

California Has 2nd Largest Renter Wage Gap

California Has 2nd Largest Renter Wage Gap

By Mike LaFirenza The expiration of the CDC’s national eviction moratorium on July 31 brought new attention to how the pandemic has put pressure on the housing market. With the expiration of the moratorium, millions of renters now face the possibility of eviction from overdue rent payments, after being protected from displacement for more than […]

California Is Producing The Most Solar Energy In The U.S.

California Is Producing The Most Solar Energy In The U.S.

In the first few months of his administration, one of President Joe Biden’s top policy priorities has been addressing the threat of climate change—while also improving infrastructure and creating jobs to generate economic growth. Biden has stated a goal of reaching 100% pollution-free electricity by 2035, which means dramatically scaling up renewable energy production in […]

California Residents Have the 20th Most Auto Loan Debt

California Residents Have the 20th Most Auto Loan Debt

Perhaps no part of daily life changed as much by the COVID-19 pandemic as mobility—how often residents leave their homes and where they go. With stay-at-home orders in effect for large parts of last year, Americans upended their daily routines and, where possible, began working from home, increasing their reliance on delivery services, and avoiding […]

Outdoor Recreation Contributes 1.8% Of Annual California GDP

Outdoor Recreation Contributes 1.8% Of Annual California GDP

Over the past year, pandemic-related shutdowns inspired Americans to head outdoors to find open, safe places to relax and exercise in record numbers. In 2020, 7.1 million more people headed outdoors, and overall participation in outdoor recreation surpassed 52% for the first time on record, according to the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA). Among the most […]

30.7% Of California Residents Are At Risk Of Eviction/Foreclosure

30.7% Of California Residents Are At Risk Of Eviction/Foreclosure

When the economy spiraled down into a recession in 2020, the nation’s unemployment rate skyrocketed to 14.8% in April. A total of 22 million jobs were lost between January and April. Amid a foundering economy and the uncertainty of a pandemic, millions of laid-off workers had to face another stark reality: how would they pay […]

California Scores 14th Lowest In Economic Growth Analysis 2021

California Scores 14th Lowest In Economic Growth Analysis 2021

The U.S. economy has made a remarkable comeback from the deep dive caused by the pandemic. Consumer spending (fueled by savings and government stimulus money) is strong, the economy recently added the most jobs in nearly a year, and the housing market is booming. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfarm employment has grown […]

California Spent $25.4B On New Residential Construction Last Year

California Spent $25.4B On New Residential Construction Last Year

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, America’s housing boom has surged to new heights thanks to a combination of factors that homebuyers haven’t experienced since before the housing bubble more than a dozen years ago. To begin with, fall of 2020 saw the nation’s housing supply hit one of its lowest levels on record […]

California Reports The 19th Most Burglaries Per Capita Each Year

California Reports The 19th Most Burglaries Per Capita Each Year

Despite perceptions of rising crime, theft has become far less common in recent years than it used to be, and property crime rates declined even more sharply during the pandemic. That said, there are still hotspots where break-ins and burglaries are far more common than the typical American neighborhood. While approximately 400 burglaries and 1,700 […]

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