The Housing and Transportation (H+T®) Affordability Index provides a comprehensive view of affordability that includes both the cost of housing and the cost of transportation at the neighborhood level.
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See how affordability in nearly 220,000 neighborhoods is impacted when the traditional measure of affordability is expanded to include transportation costs. By taking into account the combined costs of housing and transportation associated with the location of the home, the H+T Index provides a more complete understanding of affordability.
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H+T Comparison Maps
Two Views of Affordability
Transportation costs vary between and within regions, and this directly affects living expenses. Comparing the traditional measure of housing affordability to one that includes the cost of transportation provides a more comprehensive view of the affordability of a neighborhood, city, or region.
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Greenhouse Gas Emissions
At first glance, cities may appear to be a big source of the greenhouse gases (GHGs) that contribute to global climate change. However, driving-related emissions for households living in location-efficient urban neighborhoods can be up to half of what they are for households in the least-efficient, car-dependent neighborhoods.
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