In a new report, Redfin paired its own Walk ScoreⓇ, Transit ScoreⓇ and Bike ScoreⓇ data with ParkScore ratings from
Sustainable cities tend to be more expensive to live in, with six of the top 10 having median home prices above
To further explore the relationship between housing affordability and environmental impact, Redfin's chief economist,
"In many cities, the only places that middle- and low-income people can afford to live is on the outskirts, where residents have to drive farther to get to work, school and the grocery store, emitting more carbon into the atmosphere," Fairweather said. "Cities need to build dense housing near jobs or mass-transit to allow residents to live a greener lifestyle, in order to significantly limit carbon emissions."
To quantify the housing affordability crisis's impact on the environment, Fairweather analyzed commute times in 54 major metro areas of homes for sale that would be affordable to a family earning the local median household income.
Twenty-two percent of homes that were listed for sale last year were both within a 30-minute drive to the local jobs center and affordable for a family making the local median income, down from 33 percent in 2013.
In the last five years, cities have become less dense and therefore less environmental friendly. Unless cities build more dense housing close to jobs or mass transit, the carbon impact from middle- and low-income workers having to commute long distances by car will continue to worsen.
To read Redfin's Sustainability Score report, complete with the full ranking and methodology as well as an interactive map, please visit: https://www.redfin.com/blog/sustainability-score-by-city/.
To read Dr. Fairweather's analysis of why dense housing is green housing and the complete ranking of metros by shortest average commute time from affordable homes for sale, please visit: https://www.redfin.com/blog/why-dense-housing-is-green/.
For Redfin's tips on eight easy changes you can make to your home to make it more environmentally friendly, please visit: https://www.redfin.com/blog/environmentally-friendly-home-features/.
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