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Buffalo Offers Second-Fastest Commute

by G. Scott Thomas

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Buffalo area is a commuter’s dream, offering the nation’s second-fastest trip from home to work.

Rochester is the only major market with a shorter commuting time, according to a new Business First analysis of the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The typical commuter in Erie and Niagara counties gets to his or her workplace in 20.78 minutes. Rochester is nearly half a minute faster at 20.37 minutes. No other major metropolitan area is below 21 minutes.

Business First compared average commuting times for the 52 markets with populations above 1 million. All figures came from the Census Bureau’s 2006-2008 American Community Survey, the most recent source of official statistics at the metropolitan level.

Click here for a sortable database with commuting times for all 52 markets.

Oklahoma City is third nationally with an average time from home to work of 21.35 minutes, followed by Salt Lake City at 22.14 minutes and Milwaukee at 22.16.

The New York City area has the longest commuting time, an average of 34.55 minutes per trip. Also above half an hour are Washington (33.23 minutes), Chicago (31.08 minutes), Atlanta (30.80 minutes) and California’s Riverside-San Bernardino area (30.43 minutes).

This is the second time in a week that Rochester and Buffalo have ranked first and second in a study of the nation’s major markets. They also finished as the top two metros in an analysis of housing affordability that was released on Tuesday. Los Angeles ranked last in that study.