Commuting to Opportunity: The Working Poor and Commuting in the United States

This paper analyzes the housing and commuting costs and expenses of the working poor. It finds that, compared with other workers, the cost burden is significantly higher for the working poor. In addition, the working poor who drive spend even more on their commutes than those that don't. The cost of housing and commuting combined utilizes more of the household budget for the working poor than for other households. In eight of the 12 largest metropolitan areas in the United States, the cost burden of commuting for the working poor is larger that the national median. Six of these cities also have a higher cost burden for housing than the national median, for low income workers.


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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 20p

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  • Accession Number: 01104578
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 2008 10:54AM