For families earning between $20,000 and $50,000 a year, Hotlanta may not be so hot.
According to the nonprofit National Housing Conference’s Center for Housing Policy (CHP), which studies affordable-housing issues, those families will spend 61% of their income on housing and transportation. A CHP study shows that Atlantans spend 29% of their income on housing and 32% on transportation.
Those figures are second only to San Francisco among major metropolitan areas. San Franciscans spend 35% of their income for housing and 27% for transportation for a nation-leading 62% of working class income.
If you want more proof that Atlanta is built for cars, consider that 60% of metro area families own two or more cars. The national average is 58%. Also consider that the average Atlanta commute is 12 miles one way. The average commute for the other 27 cities in the survey is only nine miles.