New Geography reported on overcrowding in metro areas among MSA’s in the United States. Counties to the north and south of the Visalia-Porterville-Tulare MSA are among the most severely overcrowded metro areas in the US. Fresno and Bakersfield rank in the top 5 for overcrowding, just behind McAllen, TX, Los Angeles and Honolulu. The report showed that high housing costs in these metro areas contributed to the high overcrowding rates. The Visalia-Porterville-Tulare MSA maintains one of the affordable housing markets in California, with more than 54% of residents able to afford a median price house (California average is 30%). As the study showed, overcrowding negatively impacts school achievement, behavior and physical health of children.
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