The big picture:
Los Angeles County is one of the most populated rental markets in the United States with 54% its residents renting instead of owning a home in 2017. While the County largely depends on the rental market, the local price of rent is far from affordable. In 2017, Propel L.A. Analysis estimated that 55% of the County residents were rent-burdened, defined as paying 30% or more of their household income on rent each month. Furthermore, 29% of the County residents were severely rent-burdened, defined as paying 50% or more of their household income on rent each month (U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates; Propel L.A. Analysis).
About the map & disaggregation by neighborhood:
Our partner, Neighborhood Data for Social Change at USC, disaggregated rent burden data by neighborhoods in Los Angeles County. The team discovered that, while the “poorest residents are hit the hardest by the simultaneous increase in rent costs and decrease in income,” all neighborhoods are experiencing an increase in rent-burdened populations.
For more details on rent burden by neighborhoods, please read this article.
Neighborhood Data for Social Change uses the same neighborhood parameters as the Los Angeles Times.