How Much Will One Million Buy You in Major US Cities?

This is an interesting post from Slate (bastion of white privilege). It uses data from Zillow. It is a good story the only problem is some cities like DC, Boston, SF are very small so because of the Modifiable Areal Unit Problem (MAUP) the comparisons are not fair. They should be based on housing 10 miles from down town (CBD) as price per squar foot will be higher near the CBDs. So NY has lower SQ price than DC but Manhattan is twice as expensive as SF which is tops on the list. Detroit is a mess no matter how you look at it $12 a square foot vs. 660 for SF.


About Matthew Mulbrandon

I really like maps, as I am a geographer, and with the help of my more artistic partner I make cool maps. My focus in work and education has been centred on urban problems particularly housing and transportation. I have built and am working on several agent-based housing models. I am also interested in developing innovative ways to combat urban congestion using buses and electric kick scooters. Also it has led me to more theoretical pursuits such as how we determine if a model or methodology is sound (epistemology). How individuals relate to their social and built environment and their resulting interactions (social theory). Cities and really all our institutions are made of people with all their issues, virtues, and dreams and cannot be discounted when examining policy or predicting behaviours.

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