The survey results show a 6 percent increase from last year in residents who want to relocate; in 2016, 34 percent of survey respondents said they were planning on leaving.
Residents cite housing costs, overall high costs of living, and traffic as reasons to move out of the area.
"These results are tough to report, but we can't let this growing pessimism become a self-fulfilling prophecy," said Council President Jim Wunderman in a news release.
Of the 461 respondents who said they wanted to leave the Bay Area, 24 percent said they would move within California and 61 percent said they would leave the state altogether.
—Bay City News Service
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