Moving to a Cheaper Neighborhood Doesn't Always Pay

Peter Coy

Interesting report out today from the Center for Housing Policy, which concludes that most of the savings that moderate-income families get from moving to a neighborhood with cheaper housing are eaten up by higher transportation expenses. And the problem seems to be getting worse: 15 of the 20 fastest-growing counties in the U.S. are 30 or more miles from the nearest central business district (where a lot of the jobs are). The center defines "working families" as ones with incomes of $20,000 to $50,000 a year.

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