About a year ago I made a map
of the price
per bedroom of Boston-area apartments. In some ways that's useful and
easy to think about: "how much does it cost to get a bedroom?" is a
decent approximation for "how much does it cost to live there?".
Recently, however, some people pointed out that it's trying to model
something that's not very consistent. A three bedroom apartment is
about the same cost to the landlord as two one-bedroom apartments,
while my original map matched them at 1:3. The original map also
doesn't distinguish one-bedrooms and studios: they're both counted as
having one bedroom.
I've rerun the calculation for price per room, assuming each apartment
has one more room than the advertised number of bedrooms: 1 for
studios, 2 for one-bedrooms, etc. The revised map:
I also made an interactive
I'd like to update this with 2012 data, but the data import process was dependent on an
undocumented part of the padmapper api, which has changed.
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