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Housing is considered affordable if it costs less than 30% of a household budget. Transportation is the second largest expense for families, but few consider these costs when choosing a place to live.

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When transportation costs are added to the housing affordability equation, the number of affordable neighborhoods (in yellow) declines. Compare affordability maps where you live.

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Location efficient neighborhoods—compact with walkable streets, access to transit, and a variety of amenities—have lower transportation costs than inefficient ones.

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People who live in location inefficient places are auto-dependent, have high transportation costs, and are more susceptible to fluctuations in gas prices.

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A more complete measure of affordability is that combined housing and transportation costs take up no more than 45% of a household budget.