Arlington resident expenditures on transportation.
Household Expenditures on Transportation (relative to median income)
|Area||Transportation Costs||Percent||Remaining Income|
|Jefferson Davis (Pentagon City/Crystal City)||$12,756||13.7%||$80,162|
Household Expenditures on Transportation – Arlington County vs. Regional Counterparts
|Transportation Costs||Percent||Remaining Income|
This measure considers the typical household expenditure on transportation costs as a percentage of a community’s median household income. Using the Center for Neighborhood Technology’s (CNT) Housing and Affordability Index, Arlington County’s typical household transportation costs are compared to those of households in surrounding areas.
Expenditures on transportation can be an indication of affordability. After housing, the next most expensive cost for a household or family is the cost of transportation. This measure demonstrates Arlington County’s ability to successfully provide affordable and accessible transportation options for its residents. Comparing Arlington’s typical household transportation expenditure to that of households in surrounding counties and cities gives regional context. This can help the County determine if the transportation infrastructure is sufficient, in terms of equity and affordability, weighed against like communities within the region. This measure relates to the MTP Goal 1: Provide High‐Quality Transportation Services, Goal 4: Establish Equity, and Goal 5: Manage Effectively and Efficiently.
Based on the most recent data available through the CNT Housing and Affordability Index (ACS 2009), within Arlington, the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor fares the best in terms of percentage of household income spent on transportation, with only 13 percent. In terms of actual dollar expenditures, the Columbia corridor spends the least with only $11,353 per year.
Compared to the Washington region as a whole, Arlington residents typically spend 2.5% less of their household income on transportation costs. However, compared to the District, Arlington households spent one percent more, which in actually dollars, equates to a difference of $5,316 more per year.
- Center for Neighborhood Technology Housing and Affordability Index