Comparison Chart

METRO AREA POPULATION COMMUTE LIVING COSTS HOME PRICES
Atlanta 5.4 million 31 minutes $80,208 $121,400
Boston 5.4 million 29 minutes $109,802 $336,100
Charlotte, NC 1.7 million 26 minutes $79,451 $199,700
Chicago 8.0 million 31 minutes $94,461 $204,300
Columbus, OH 1.8 million 23 minutes $79,283 $136,600
Dallas/Fort Worth 5.2 million 27 minutes $76,508 $150,700
Denver 2.5 million 26 minutes $87,690 $223,700
Indianapolis 1.7 million 24 minutes $73,650 $121,300
Kansas City 2.0 million 23 minutes $80,964 $144,100
MILWAUKEE/RACINE
1.7 million 22 minutes $85,000  $200,000
Minneapolis/St. Paul 3.2 million 24 minutes $91,642 $184,500
Portland, OR 2.2 million 24 minutes $95,509 $246,200
San Jose, CA 1.8 million 26 minutes $128,719 $500,000
Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg 2.7 million 26 minutes $77,433 $140,900

NOTES: 

Population for metropolitan area taken from 2008 Census estimates.

Commute indicates average one-way commute time (2008 Census).

Living Costs based on the relative cost-of-living index (ACCRA Cost-of-Living Index- 2009).

Income>$75,000 indicates perceptange of families in metropolitan area with a household income of greater than $75,000 (2000 Census).

Home Prices indicates median sales price of homes (Second Quarter 2009- National Association of Realtors).

Median Rent is the median rent for a two-bedroom apartment (2010 Estimates- U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development). 

 

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