Living in the Washington area I am always worried about being able to buy a home in this are. With soaring prices and yearly increases in the prices of 50 and 60% I have been looking for places outside the beltway. This WSJ graphics shows a spillover effect, sleepy cities increasingly becoming the alternative option for people that cannot afford the hefty prices. In my case I don't know if I am willing to move to Baltimore (I work in Arlington). On the TV I have seen this days ads promoting Stafford and Fredericksburg counties as good places to live south of the Capital Beltway. In any case if I decide to do something like this I will have to live close to a train and work in DC to consider it. In the meantime I will have to continue living and overpaying here.