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On average, residents of City X devote a greater percentage of their yearly incomes to housing costs than do residents of City Y, though the costs of insurance and fuel generally are exorbitant in both commuter-heavy cities. Yet in Wealth Magazine's annual list of the country's least affordable cities, City Y is deemed less affordable than City X.

Which of the following, if true, best explains the contrast described above?

A. A greater percentage of residents of City Y send their children to private schools than is the case in City X.

B. Unlike City Y, City X has an efficient and inexpensive public transportation system.

C. The average price of a new house is higher in City X than in City Y.

D. A number of high-priced restaurants and boutiques have recently opened in City Y.

E. Several large businesses have recently relocated from City Y to City X.
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23 Sep 2007, 19:48
My answer would be choice B. The critical element in the passage both commuter-heavy cities implies that residents spent money on transportation, a key element of surveys. Choice B implies that residents of City X have more public transportation choices, which tend to be cheaper, thus making it more affordable. Whereas in the case of City Y, the implied inefficiency of the public transportation could push commuters to use their automobiles often, leading to higher gas expenditures.

I know what I came up with definitely qualify for a wild reasoning but I think it is still valid given the circumstances explained the problem. Let me know if this logic is correct.
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23 Sep 2007, 20:05
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
On average, residents of City X devote a greater percentage of their yearly incomes to housing costs than do residents of City Y, though the costs of insurance and fuel generally are exorbitant in both commuter-heavy cities. Yet in Wealth Magazine's annual list of the country's least affordable cities, City Y is deemed less affordable than City X.

Which of the following, if true, best explains the contrast described above?

A. A greater percentage of residents of City Y send their children to private schools than is the case in City X.

B. Unlike City Y, City X has an efficient and inexpensive public transportation system.

C. The average price of a new house is higher in City X than in City Y.

D. A number of high-priced restaurants and boutiques have recently opened in City Y.

E. Several large businesses have recently relocated from City Y to City X.

A, D and E - Out of scope.
C - weakens the conclusion
B - Cost of fuel and insurance is exorbitant in both the cities. Public transportation of city Y is inefficient and expensive, so people either use expensive public transportation or spend more on fuel.
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23 Sep 2007, 20:16
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
On average, residents of City X devote a greater percentage of their yearly incomes to housing costs than do residents of City Y, though the costs of insurance and fuel generally are exorbitant in both commuter-heavy cities. Yet in Wealth Magazine's annual list of the country's least affordable cities, City Y is deemed less affordable than City X.

Which of the following, if true, best explains the contrast described above?

A. A greater percentage of residents of City Y send their children to private schools than is the case in City X.

B. Unlike City Y, City X has an efficient and inexpensive public transportation system.

C. The average price of a new house is higher in City X than in City Y.

D. A number of high-priced restaurants and boutiques have recently opened in City Y.

E. Several large businesses have recently relocated from City Y to City X.

B is best.
Transportation cost makes city Y less affordable.
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23 Sep 2007, 20:36

I just didn't see this one when I was taking the test. I hate time pressure >:-X
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23 Sep 2007, 21:24
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
On average, residents of City X devote a greater percentage of their yearly incomes to housing costs than do residents of City Y, though the costs of insurance and fuel generally are exorbitant in both commuter-heavy cities. Yet in Wealth Magazine's annual list of the country's least affordable cities, City Y is deemed less affordable than City X.

Which of the following, if true, best explains the contrast described above?

A. A greater percentage of residents of City Y send their children to private schools than is the case in City X.
B. Unlike City Y, City X has an efficient and inexpensive public transportation system.
C. The average price of a new house is higher in City X than in City Y.
D. A number of high-priced restaurants and boutiques have recently opened in City Y.
E. Several large businesses have recently relocated from City Y to City X.

I agree with B but E could also explain the parodox. if x has several large business companies, then it has higher purchasing power than city y so x can afford the housing as compared to y.
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23 Sep 2007, 22:04
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GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
On average, residents of City X devote a greater percentage of their yearly incomes to housing costs than do residents of City Y, though the costs of insurance and fuel generally are exorbitant in both commuter-heavy cities. Yet in Wealth Magazine's annual list of the country's least affordable cities, City Y is deemed less affordable than City X.

Which of the following, if true, best explains the contrast described above?

A. A greater percentage of residents of City Y send their children to private schools than is the case in City X.
B. Unlike City Y, City X has an efficient and inexpensive public transportation system.
C. The average price of a new house is higher in City X than in City Y.
D. A number of high-priced restaurants and boutiques have recently opened in City Y.
E. Several large businesses have recently relocated from City Y to City X.

I agree with B but E could also explain the parodox. if x has several large business companies, then it has higher purchasing power than city y so x can afford the housing as compared to y.

This is what I thought, but owell.
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25 Sep 2007, 09:06
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
Fistail wrote:
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
On average, residents of City X devote a greater percentage of their yearly incomes to housing costs than do residents of City Y, though the costs of insurance and fuel generally are exorbitant in both commuter-heavy cities. Yet in Wealth Magazine's annual list of the country's least affordable cities, City Y is deemed less affordable than City X.

Which of the following, if true, best explains the contrast described above?

A. A greater percentage of residents of City Y send their children to private schools than is the case in City X.
B. Unlike City Y, City X has an efficient and inexpensive public transportation system.
C. The average price of a new house is higher in City X than in City Y.
D. A number of high-priced restaurants and boutiques have recently opened in City Y.
E. Several large businesses have recently relocated from City Y to City X.

I agree with B but E could also explain the parodox. if x has several large business companies, then it has higher purchasing power than city y so x can afford the housing as compared to y.

This is what I thought, but owell.

But this option "E" uses wide assumptions which r not mentioned in argument above. I think one has to add his own asumption for purchasing power reasoning. Any takers pls??
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05 Jun 2013, 00:23
Can someone explain this one stuck between A and B...
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Can someone explain this one stuck between A and B...

On average, residents of City X devote a greater percentage of their yearly incomes to housing costs than do residents of City Y, though the costs of insurance and fuel generally are exorbitant in both commuter-heavy cities. Yet in Wealth Magazine's annual list of the country's least affordable cities, City Y is deemed less affordable than City X.

Which of the following, if true, best explains the contrast described above?

A. A greater percentage of residents of City Y send their children to private schools than is the case in City X.
B. Unlike City Y, City X has an efficient and inexpensive public transportation system.

The conclusion talks about "least affordable cities", and the passage says that the cost of fuel is exorbitant in both cities.

With B, we can conclude that X's residents can avoid fuel expenses by taking their transportation system, which is also cheap (so will not increase their taxes for example).

In A, even if more parents of Y send their childern to private school, this does not mean that the city is less affordable then X. Paying more for provate school is a choice and does not affect the overall "level of affordability" of the city. The affordability of a city must reflect the expenses necessary to live in that city, not the expenses that each one makes "above" that level.

Hope that what I mean is clear
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Fistail wrote:
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
On average, residents of City X devote a greater percentage of their yearly incomes to housing costs than do residents of City Y, though the costs of insurance and fuel generally are exorbitant in both commuter-heavy cities. Yet in Wealth Magazine's annual list of the country's least affordable cities, City Y is deemed less affordable than City X.

Which of the following, if true, best explains the contrast described above?

A. A greater percentage of residents of City Y send their children to private schools than is the case in City X.
B. Unlike City Y, City X has an efficient and inexpensive public transportation system.
C. The average price of a new house is higher in City X than in City Y.
D. A number of high-priced restaurants and boutiques have recently opened in City Y.
E. Several large businesses have recently relocated from City Y to City X.

I agree with B but E could also explain the parodox. if x has several large business companies, then it has higher purchasing power than city y so x can afford the housing as compared to y.

correct: option B
A) out of scope... private school is not discussed in the argument...Hence wrong
B) Fuel costs in both cities are high and city X uses it efficiently and hence making it more affordable by decreasing the cost. Correct Answer
C) This is not explaining rather weakening the argument. Hence wrong
D) Restaurants and boutiques have no relation with the argument. Moreover, it is Wealth Magazine's annual list, and Restaurants and boutiques have recently opened. So, its anyway won't explain the paradox with recently while it covers for entire year. Hence wrong
E) It is similar to option D. It is Wealth Magazine's annual list, and large businesses have recently relocated. So, its anyway won't explain the paradox with recently while it covers for entire year. Hence wrong

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