Household Transportation Costs

The HCI Household transportation Costs indicator measures the average percent of income a household spends on transportation. Household transportation costs have a direct impact on individual health and are linked to numerous elements of community health. Households that spend more money on transportation often face greater economic stresses and are often located in areas with few alternatives to driving. Low income families often pay high transportation costs which leaves little for food, health care and other necessities. High transportation costs generally equate to higher rates of car ownership which adds to pollution, and negative impacts on air quality. Although found in the Transportation Services domain, household transportation costs are linked to neighborhood characteristics, education, employment, environmental hazards, and housing. Modeled data on household transportation costs is downloadable from the Location Affordability Index (LAI) on HUD’s Location Affordability Portal.

Neighborhoodsort descending Indicator Value Rank
Blackstone 20.4% 25
Charles 18.1% 15
College Hill 18.5% 16
Downtown 15.9% 2
Elmhurst 19.8% 22
Elmwood 17.2% 9
Federal Hill 15.6% 1
Fox Point 16.4% 3
Hartford 18.8% 18
Hope 19.1% 20
Lower South Providence 17.2% 9
Manton 19.0% 19
Mount Hope 17.1% 8
Mount Pleasant 18.6% 17
Olneyville 16.9% 6
Reservoir 19.7% 21
Silver Lake 17.6% 12
Smith Hill 16.6% 4
South Elmwood 20.1% 24
Upper South Providence 17.0% 7
Valley 17.2% 9
Wanskuck 17.9% 14
Washington Park 19.8% 22
Wayland 17.7% 13
West End 16.6% 4

Key Citations:
1. Ewing R, Cervero R. Travel and the built environment: a meta-analysis. Journal of the American Planning Association. 2010; 76:3(2010):265-294.