Living close to the thruway may be convenient, but it could come at a cost.
Being centrally located can add positive attributes to your life. When commuting times are limited, statistics show happiness levels rise. Families also feel more connected.
But where you choose to buy or rent a home can impact your life in other ways.
An analysis done by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and the University of California, has shown that young children who live closer to major roadways suffer. True, you don’t have to live right next to the highway, of course, to have a great location. You may want to think twice about moving close to that interchange however, even if it seems appealing.
Children in the study who lived close to many moving cars were found to be twice as likely to score lower on tests that evaluate communication skills.
In addition, those whose mothers were exposed to higher-than-normal levels of traffic-related pollutants involving ultra-fine airborne particles and ozone, were found to have a small but significantly higher likelihood of experiencing developmental delays during infancy and early childhood.
All that exhaust adds up to a problematic answer, in the end.
What should you be looking for, besides an electric set of wheels?
The more trees you have growing on your street, the better, studies have found. And of course, great stores within walking distance and fabulous schools. But you already knew that.