Study: Difference in transportation costs – suburban vs. urban communities

The Center for Neighborhood Technology released new data from a study comparing transportation costs in different neighborhoods of 20 U.S. metros.

June 07, 2012
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The Center for Neighborhood Technology released new data from a study comparing transportation costs in different neighborhoods of 20 U.S. metros. CNT divided each metro into three sections based on the transportation efficiency of a neighborhood — the most location-efficient neighborhoods are highly walkable and/or feature strong public transit systems; the least-efficient neighborhoods are more spread out and residents are more dependent on cars to get around.

Below is a list of the 20 metros ranked by the difference in transportation costs between the least- and most location-efficient neighborhoods of each, from greatest to least:

1. New York - $10,860

2. Boston - $8,600

3. San Francisco - $8,043

4. Chicago - $7,466

5. Washington D.C. - $6,850

6. Twin Cities - $6,481

7. St. Louis - $5,694

8. Grand Rapids, Mich. - $5,484

9. Charlottesville, Va. - $5,352

10. Cincinnati - $5,283

11. Denver - $5,089

12. Los Angeles - $4,988

13. Atlanta - $4,978

14. Dallas-Ft. Worth - $4,650

15. Olympia, Wash. - $4,347

16. Fayetteville, Ark. - $4,199

17. Phoenix - $4,038

18. Salt Lake City - $3,979

19. El Paso, Texas - $3,621

20. Asheville, N.C. - $3,493

Data was also collected on average annual housing costs in each metro. Those figures were combined with the transportation numbers and evaluated as a percentage of each metro’s average median income.

To see the full chart, click here.

 

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