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Housing and Transportation Costs

This indicator reports the cost burden and affordability of housing plus transportation. Rising housing prices is a challenge facing many communities, especially those that have had success in building vibrant, economically thriving... Read More

This indicator reports the cost burden and affordability of housing plus transportation. Rising housing prices is a challenge facing many communities, especially those that have had success in building vibrant, economically thriving neighborhoods and downtowns. Without targeted strategies, once-affordable areas become too expensive for low- and moderate-income households, forcing them to seek less expensive housing on the urban fringe. This results in much higher transportation costs for individuals and families, as well as worsening traffic, air pollution, climate change, and negative impacts on health and quality of life.

Data for this indicator comes from the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) Housing + Transportation Affordability Index (H+T Index). The H+T Index reports the percentage of income spent on housing and transportation costs plus the percentage of Regional Typical and Regional Moderate households spending less than 45% of their income on these expenses.