If you're dreading your trips to and from work, you may want to move to Buffalo, N.Y. or Columbus, OH. Out of 50 of the biggest U.S. metro areas, residents in these two areas spend the least amount of time on their commutes.
Using its own online survey and the 2014 American Community Survey (ACS), real estate website Truliadeveloped its list of the 10 Worst Cities for Commuting. Data was collected from over 2,000 employed adults ages 18 and older in major U.S. metro areas. Because of sample size issues, some areas were excluded.
According to Trulia's findings, commute times in 50 of the biggest U.S. metro areas have been on the rise since 2009, reaching an average of 27.2 minutes each way in 2014. In other words, workers spend over five and a half work weeks (227 hours) on average commuting to and from work.
With so much time being spent getting to work, it's not surprising that 15.9% of working Americans chose short commutes or proximity to public transportation as their top criteria in picking where to live. In general, Americans ranked these same two conditions second only to crime rate when determining where to rent or buy a home.
So, which major U.S. metro areas have the best and worst commutes? First, let's look at the 10 cities in the U.S. with the best commutes:
10. Cincinnati, OH
Average commute, one way: 23.2 minutes
Cincinnati commuters can choose from METRO buses run by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), which includes a service called ACCESS for the handicapped, or buses run by the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK).