A definitive list of 20 cities with terrible, awful, no good, terrible commutes

May 18, 2017

What makes a happy urbanite? Yes, we all like affordable housing, nice parks, easy-to-get-to grocery stores and job creation. But I think we can all agree that no matter where you live, everyone benefits from nicer commutes. And apparently, our happiness depends on it.

According to a 2014 study from Canada’s University of Waterloo, there is a direct correlation between time of commute and well-being. Your commute time goes up, your happiness goes down. Your commute time goes down? Well, you know how that goes.

And people behind the wheel seem to have it worse. Forbes reported on the study and said that being stuck in traffic heightens stress because drivers constantly feel hurried.

Well, which cities have it worse when it comes to getting to work? Hang tight, we’ll get there in a minute.

First, we wanted to let you know that there is hope on the horizon. No, you don’t have to just suck it up and plug in an interesting podcast. Cities are working really hard to try and make commuting easier. For example, there are apps being developed across the country similar to Chicago’s Ventra. Paying ahead of time actually drives down delays.

Other places, like Chicago and its Navy Pier Flyover project, are pushing projects that encourage people to bike to work.

But the real key to fixing this mess is investing in public transportation and urban infrastructure. Governing.com found that in many cities people who take public transit have a commute that’s twice as long as driving.

Maybe that money for infrastructure will come soon; President Trump is pushing for  $1 trillion in federal spending for states’ projects. But until then, grip the wheel or wait patiently wait for the Brown Line to show up.

While you wait, take a look at the list we compiled of city commute times from Governing.com. They reviewed at a few commutes types including, driving alone, taking a bus or trolley, using a subway or streetcar, dealing with the commuter rail or walking. We took 20 of the cities on the list so you can check them out yourself.

Note 1: The cities are in alphabetical order because each city has a different ranking based on the type of commute.

Note 2: The information used for this list is based on Census Bureau reports that looks at data on commutes for all workers age 16 and over.

 

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Atlanta

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Boston

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Chicago

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Cleveland

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Dallas

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Denver

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Detroit

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Honolulu

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Indianapolis

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Los Angeles

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Miami

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New York

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Philadelphia

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Pittsburgh

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Portland

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San Francisco

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St. Louis

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Las Vegas

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Washington DC

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