The “NSJV as a Place” section provides data for indicators on housing, health, the environment, and travel/tourism.
Key findings include the following:
- Median home values continued to grow across the NSJV, since bottoming out in 2011 median home values in Stanislaus County have risen by 81%, while in San Joaquin County they rose by 73% and Merced County saw a 71% increase. In comparison, the State-wide growth in median home values has been 42% and nationally growth between 2011 and 2016 has been 25%.
- Housing affordability remains a challenge in the NSJV as home prices and rents have continued to rise. However, the share of households spending more than 30% of income on housing declined for the eighth consecutive year as incomes in the region continued to steadily increase.
- Despite a changing policy environment, in 2016 the Affordable Care Act continued to increase health insurance coverage in the NSJV. The share of the NSJV population with health insurance increased to 94% in 2016, sustaining a rate of coverage greater than the State-wide and national levels for the third consecutive year.
- Vaccination coverage of NSJV kindergartners continues to exceed State-wide levels, but legislation implemented in 2015 is reducing that gap while also increasing the rate of coverage in the region.