• Dec 25, 2010
America's Best and Worst Commutes – Click above for full-size

The minds from TheStreet and Bundle have gotten together to put an eyeball on the best and worst commutes in America, and they found that the average American worker blows around $6,000 per year on transportation costs alone. In order to rank cities, Bundle lined up spending information alongside the average length of a commute, the number of miles covered, hours delayed, maintenance and fuel costs. Of the 90 localities that the survey covered, Dallas was saddled with the worst commute of them all, followed by San Jose, Miami, Los Angeles and Bridgeport Connecticut. Commuters in the Dallas area travel a little over a combined 52 million miles every work day. Just for perspective, that's farther than the distance from Earth to Mars.

The news isn't all bad, though. Workerbees in Eugene, Oregon; Brownsville, Texas; Toledo, Ohio and Anchorage, Alaska all came out with the least headache-inducing drives around. Interestingly enough, drivers in Detroit spent the least on auto expenses and gas than anywhere else. Head over to Bundle to check out the full report for yourself.

[Source: Bundle]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmm, small cities at the top of the list, large cities at the bottom. Who would have guessed. Hmm, I think I'll move from Miami to Brownsville, TX... always wanted to live there!! NOT
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't know how DC and Atlanta did not get on this list.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I take it they mean Bridgeport----> NYC which is likely to be a total disaster. Bridgeport to New Haven or even Stamford is probably not that big a deal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Way to go Houston! We're all the way down at No. 88...didn't even make the Top 50!

      oh wait...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Newflash, places with no jobs have the easiest commutes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What? No DC Area? IMPOSSIBLE!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can vouch for Houston!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I believe we need more stories like this one, this is news I can actually use, am relocating soon and two of the communitys were on my list, one of them is ruled out because of this (yes I always seem to drive to work long distances because my job necessitates multiple offices).... keep up the good work.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dallas is bad, and the constant road work is one problem. The other is the over-abundance of road-going morons.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I can see how Dallas would get a bad rap. Nevertheless, I'd much rather live there than in Austin. Ten years ago, I had no problem getting around the Texas capital. Today, between the massive build-up and MOPAC going toll, I avoid Austin as much as I can. Houston's toll roads are ever worse, but at least during the summer you can drive above the freeways on shimmering slabs of corporeal humidity.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dallas aint bad...Dallas is HORRIBLE lol.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I swear I miss at least 1 exit every time I'm in Dallas because the exit signs seem to point to an exit you just passed...
      • 4 Years Ago
      How the DC area did not make the list is beyond me. I'm familiar with the Bridgeport Connecticut commute and it is nothing like the DC commute. To me, some of these surveys are not very accurate, I hate to say.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i am so glad i'm not the only one who was confused as to why DC was missing from this list
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree 100%. I've been driving the DC/Baltimore/Annapolis commute for 10 years now, after working out near San Jose and San Fransisco for a few years and it is much worse here. I've taken 2+ hours to get out of DC and around the beltway on MANY occasions, at least once every two weeks if my timing is off. This survey is just plain off for not including the DMV.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great map to identify areas where high-speed rail commuting could be successful, and where it couldn't.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The writer waits until the final paragraph to concede that... "the prevalence of public transportation and each city's relative walkability are among the factors that may have driven down costs when spread among the population."

      No kidding.

      Cities like NY, Chicago, Boston actually have excellent mass transportation alternatives. If you live in cities like LA, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Seattle, Denver, etc... there are few or none. You are tied to your car.

      I'll take my daily commute of 2 blocks here in NY any day. I've got a '66 Goat and a Land Rover in the garage when I need 'em.
        • 4 Years Ago
        hey manager of the Partridge Family; I'll take my Houston living expenses vs. your's any day. Your garage fees for 2 cars probably approach my mortgage (but I like what you have in your garage).
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