According to the American Community Survey conducted by the Census Bureau, "The New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA Metro Area had the longest average
commute, at 34.6 minutes."

We think that maybe more New Yorkers filled in the survey than anyone else. We can't help but think there are thousands of people in the Los Angeles metro area who would laugh at a 34.6-minute commute. Los Angeles, in fact, didn't even make the top five, even though it's a city so impervious to normal driving that distances are measured in time, not miles. But if that's what the Census Bureau says, then we believe it, the 405 be damned...

Other revelations are that average commute time has only gone up a few minutes since 1980, the foreign-born are more likely to use public transportation than native citizens, and that it takes an average of 14.2 minutes to get to work in Great Falls, Montana. Click here for the full survey. If you're in New York, you can read it on the subway.


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      soundbargaming
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lot of wasted space above the streets in New York City. Fifth element had the car scene right.
      John S
      • 3 Years Ago
      So long as I live, I vow to never have a driving commute longer than 40 min or a transit commute longer than 1 hr. Otherwise I'm either in the wrong house or the wrong job.
      Prince David
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is an average including people living on manhattan taking a quick subway or walk. I know plenty that commute to NYC where it takes over 90 min
      Will
      • 3 Years Ago
      i live in dc and know very few people who commute in less than 30 minutes.....
      David
      • 3 Years Ago
      Californians love to kvetch, but the rest of the country pays no attention. That's the explanation.
      P Mo Dee
      • 3 Years Ago
      34.6 Whole minutes in the morning rush? Being from Boston, I'd love to jab those poor whiny New Yorkers, but this survey reads as the result of typically stellar government work. Thanks for the laugh.
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @P Mo Dee
        Stop the penis envy thing you Bostonians have for New York. It takes longer than that from Yankee Stadium to Wall St. Yankee Stadium is on 161st & River Ave. The No. 2 train goes up to 241st. The A-Train from Far Rockaway takes almost 1 hour 15 mins. Eastern Long Islanders have an even longer commute.
          P Mo Dee
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DrEvil
          Dr. Evil. There is no envy here. I lived in that crap hole for a decade before it became yuppieville. Typical New Yaawker can't even comprehend sarcasm. My point was that it was a crappy survey. i.e.: 34 minutes is an easy commute for starters. Secondly, they are citing commuters from New Jersey which shouldn't count... and lastly, as you so astutely pointed out, it takes longer than that to get from Yankme stadium to Wall street, though why anyone would want to live near there is beyond me.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      The Law
      • 3 Years Ago
      Buy a bike you'll learn to love it.
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The Law
        Sure, ride you're bike down long island highways, see how far that gets you...
        Shawn Brinker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The Law
        Bikes only work for a small percentage of the adult population.
      mrokner
      • 3 Years Ago
      P Mo Dee, We just murdered you, 9-1, and we won the division, not you guys. And you're in danger of not even making the playoffs. Just sayin, brah...
      Spotted Cow
      • 3 Years Ago
      When I lived in Chicago for a few years I was pretty amazed at getting around on the CTA. Then I saw my brother in New York and rode the MTA, holy Jesus is that a nice public transportation system! I would live in New York just to be around a system that efficient, fast, and reliable!
      jonnyb22
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would believe that but they never heard of a highway called the LIE, you have idiots that can't drive combine that with accidents every 5 miles it can take 11/2-2 hours on a bad morning just to get to the queens border. This is someone who doesn't live on Eastern LI, I'm as far east as Huntington. thank god I have 25a
      Edward Ellsworth
      • 3 Years Ago
      Los Angeles is a very spread out and decentralized city, and people live and work all over. There's somewhat more flexibility in finding a place to live closer to where you work. New York, however, is a single, dense urban core that pulls people from all over an incredibly wide area. It completely makes sense that it would have the longest commute. People come in from Westchester, New Jersey, Connecticut, even Pennsylvania. The first commuter rail stop in Connecticut is Greenwich, by the way, and that's an hour ride from Grand Central. I'm pretty sure being the first stop in CT also has to do with Greenwich being one of the richest places in the nation.
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