California's Only Affordable County
"Modoc is California's only county where the median price of a home has stayed so low for so long. It is the least expensive nook in one of America's priciest states, a place where home buyers live out the pluses -- and many of the minuses -- of that elusive concept, 'affordability.'"
"In Los Angeles County, $100,000 will just about cover the traditional 20 percent down payment for a median-priced house--certainly not the whole building, yard and garage. In Orange County, it's about 80 percent of a down payment, and in Marin County, the most expensive housing market in the state, it's less than two-thirds of what's needed."