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.
When transportation costs are added to the housing affordability equation, the number of affordable neighborhoods (in yellow) declines. Compare affordability maps where you live.
Location efficient neighborhoods—compact with walkable streets, access to transit, and a variety of amenities—have lower transportation costs than inefficient ones.
People who live in location inefficient places are auto-dependent, have high transportation costs, and are more susceptible to fluctuations in gas prices.
A more complete measure of affordability is that combined housing and transportation costs take up no more than 45% of a household budget.
The H+T Index provides a comprehensive view of affordability, one that includes the cost of housing and transportation at the neighborhood level. Learn more about the Index and the methods behind it.
H+T Index information has implications for consumers, planners, and policy makers. Learn how the data is being used across the country.
See how nearly 180,000 neighborhoods are affected when you expand the traditional measure of affordability to include transportation costs.