Curious how your commuting costs stacks up to your neighbors?
Check out this awesome new tool from the Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago: Abogo “is a tool that lets you discover how transportation impacts the affordability and sustainability of where you live.” Abogo incorporates census and other data to calculate local and regional average spending.
After you’ve figured out how much money you’re potentially wasting on sprawled out housing and transportation, check out their list of resources to help you cut down those expenses.
Example: The average monthly cost of transportation in my neighborhood is $468/month. Yeow! Seems like A LOT to me, but regionally the average cost is a whopping $780 a month. That’s a lot of working just to pay for getting around.
I primarily get around using my own power and the two-wheeled wonder that is my ultra-efficient bicycle so I have about $460 a month more than my neighbors to spend on restaurants, shoes, trips, and my savings.
Pretty awesome. Also, I don’t waste money on a gym membership because my mostly free mode of transportation takes care of that.
Here’s a more painful example: When I lived in DC, my neighborhood’s average was $795/month with regional costs of $909 a month.
How much do you pay?