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  • Major cities with the easiest and worst commutes
    1/ adrian valenzuela // Wikicommons

    Major cities with the easiest and worst commutes

    More than 70% of workers are not satisfied with choices they have made regarding their career. While there are plenty of elements of work that may negatively color the day-to-day grind of a particular job, the intrinsically depressing nature of a long commute is a standout. Even more bad news: The amount workers spend commuting does not appear to be slowing down whatsoever.

    Data from the United States Census Bureau shows that the average American commute time has been steadily increasing since 2010, rising to an unprecedented one-way commute of 26.6 minutes in 2016. This may be indicative of a national trend—though the extent of rising commutes exist to differing degrees in various urban centers, as some cities have more people competing for public transportation and roads than others.

    Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey, Stacker listed the 50 major cities with the easiest and worst commutes. The 50 cities in the United States with the largest total working population—aged 16 and older—are ranked according to average commute time. In the event of a tie, the city with the percentage of people whose commutes to work are more than 60 minutes was ranked as having the worser commute.

    Read on to see how your commute compares to some of the longest in the nation.

    ALSO: Worst commutes in every state.

  • #50. Wichita, Kansas
    2/ Syed Monaim Ahmed Naqvi // Wikicommons

    #50. Wichita, Kansas

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 182,132
    Mean travel time to work: 18.2 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 2.1%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 4.3%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.6%

  • #49. Tulsa, Oklahoma
    3/ Nicolas Henderson // Flickr

    #49. Tulsa, Oklahoma

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 186,937
    Mean travel time to work: 18.3 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 2.7%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 6.8%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.8%

  • #48. Omaha, Nebraska
    4/ Raymond Bucko, SJ // Wikicommons

    #48. Omaha, Nebraska

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 223,093
    Mean travel time to work: 18.6 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 2.2%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 9.6%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 3.7%

  • #47. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    5/ Ipholio // Wikicommons

    #47. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 295,499
    Mean travel time to work: 21.1 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 2.9%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 21.6%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.8%

  • #46. Albuquerque, New Mexico
    6/ Ken Lund // FLickr

    #46. Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 259,620
    Mean travel time to work: 21.1 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 3.5%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 5.8%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.6%

  • #45. Colorado Springs, Colorado
    7/ David Shankbone // Wikicommons

    #45. Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 216,686
    Mean travel time to work: 21.4 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 4.3%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 3.9%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 1.1%

  • #44. Columbus, Ohio
    8/ Dailynetworks // Wikicommons

    #44. Columbus, Ohio

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 423,159
    Mean travel time to work: 21.5 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 2.9%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 11.1%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.6%

  • #43. Kansas City, Missouri
    9/ Pixabay

    #43. Kansas City, Missouri

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 232,407
    Mean travel time to work: 21.6 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 2.6%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 21.2%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 19.5%

  • #42. Fresno, California
    10/ Gemini2525 // Wikicommons

    #42. Fresno, California

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 196,681
    Mean travel time to work: 21.6 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 5%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 6.8%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.3%

  • #41. Memphis, Tennessee
    11/ Thomas R Machnitzki // Wikicommons

    #41. Memphis, Tennessee

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 281,899
    Mean travel time to work: 21.7 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 2.7%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 0.8%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 5.6%

  • #40. Tucson, Arizona
    12/ Dianne White // WIkicommons

    #40. Tucson, Arizona

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 231,509
    Mean travel time to work: 22.2 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 4.2%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 1.5%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.7%

  • #39. Louisville, Kentucky
    13/ Nicolas Henderson // Flickr

    #39. Louisville, Kentucky

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 286,480
    Mean travel time to work: 22.4 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 3.4%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 4.8%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 3.7%

  • #38. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    14/ David Wilson // Flickr

    #38. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 262,053
    Mean travel time to work: 22.4 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 4.7%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 17.7%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.6%

  • #37. El Paso, Texas
    15/ David Herrera // Flickr

    #37. El Paso, Texas

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 284,945
    Mean travel time to work: 22.6 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 3.6%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 1.2%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 4.4%

  • #36. Raleigh, North Carolina
    16/ NCDOTcommunications // Flickr

    #36. Raleigh, North Carolina

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 232,338
    Mean travel time to work: 22.7 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 4%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 15.2%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 1.1%

  • #35. Minneapolis, Minnesota
    17/ Dustin Gaffke // Flickr

    #35. Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 224,114
    Mean travel time to work: 22.7 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 4.1%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 20%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.8%

  • #34. Indianapolis, Indiana
    18/ Bob Hall // Flickr

    #34. Indianapolis, Indiana

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 397,388
    Mean travel time to work: 23 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 3.8%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 18.3%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.6%

  • #33. Urban Honolulu, Hawaii
    19/ y-a-n // Flickr

    #33. Urban Honolulu, Hawaii

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 176,833
    Mean travel time to work: 23.2 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 5%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 0.1%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.3%

  • #32. Virginia Beach, Virginia
    20/ Taber Andrew Bain // Flickr

    #32. Virginia Beach, Virginia

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 235,755
    Mean travel time to work: 23.4 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 3.9%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 35.4%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 1.3%

  • #31. San Diego, California
    21/ Good Free Photos

    #31. San Diego, California

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 684,137
    Mean travel time to work: 23.5 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 4.5%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 1.3%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.6%

  • #30. Austin, Texas
    22/ Ed Schipul // Public Domain

    #30. Austin, Texas

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 500,688
    Mean travel time to work: 23.8 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 5%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 11.7%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.4%

  • #29. San Antonio, Texas
    23/ Corey Leopold // Wikicommons

    #29. San Antonio, Texas

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 653,844
    Mean travel time to work: 23.9 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 4.8%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 4.3%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.4%

  • #28. Jacksonville, Florida
    24/ Jonathan Zander // WIkicommons

    #28. Jacksonville, Florida

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 398,286
    Mean travel time to work: 24.2 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 4.3%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 5.9%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 1%

  • #27. Nashville, Tennessee
    25/ dconvertini // Wikicommons

    #27. Nashville, Tennessee

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 333,059
    Mean travel time to work: 24.3 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 4.4%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 17.2%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 1.1%

  • #26. Mesa, Arizona
    26/ Ixnayonthetimmay // Wikicommons

    #26. Mesa, Arizona

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 211,451
    Mean travel time to work: 24.9 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 5.1%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 2.2%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 1%

  • #25. Sacramento, California
    27/ Public Domain // Wikicommons

    #25. Sacramento, California

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 209,254
    Mean travel time to work: 24.9 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 6.4%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 17.6%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.4%

  • #24. Charlotte, North Carolina
    28/ alex grichenko // Public Domain Pictures

    #24. Charlotte, North Carolina

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 406,355
    Mean travel time to work: 25.1 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 5.2%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 7.3%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 4.9%

  • #23. Phoenix, Arizona
    29/ Jerry Ferguson // Flickr

    #23. Phoenix, Arizona

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 706,375
    Mean travel time to work: 25.1 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 5.5%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 0.6%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.8%

  • #22. Denver, Colorado
    30/ XB9000 // Wikicommons

    #22. Denver, Colorado

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 353,976
    Mean travel time to work: 25.1 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 5.7%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 37.3%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.9%

  • #21. Las Vegas, Nevada
    31/ Moyan Brenn // Wikicommons

    #21. Las Vegas, Nevada

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 269,929
    Mean travel time to work: 25.4 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 4.6%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 0.4%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 1.2%

  • #20. Portland, Oregon
    32/ Jeff Gunn // Flickr

    #20. Portland, Oregon

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 325,341
    Mean travel time to work: 25.6 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 6.5%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 18.3%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 3.4%

  • #19. Atlanta, Georgia
    33/ OTRS // Wikicommons

    #19. Atlanta, Georgia

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 216,909
    Mean travel time to work: 25.8 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 7.1%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 26.5%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 1.2%

  • #18. Dallas, Texas
    34/ Ted Eytan // Flickr

    #18. Dallas, Texas

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 612,193
    Mean travel time to work: 26.3 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 7%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 17.1%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.7%

  • #17. Detroit, Michigan
    35/ Andrew Jameson // Wikicommons

    #17. Detroit, Michigan

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 215,597
    Mean travel time to work: 26.6 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 7.7%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 28.1%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.4%

  • #16. Arlington, Texas
    36/ Smarty9108 // Wikicommons

    #16. Arlington, Texas

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 188,902
    Mean travel time to work: 26.8 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 7.1%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 25.8%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.7%

  • #15. Houston, Texas
    37/ TexasDarkHorse // Flickr

    #15. Houston, Texas

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 1,074,683
    Mean travel time to work: 26.8 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 7.7%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 7.3%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.5%

  • #14. Fort Worth, Texas
    38/ Adam Simmons // Flickr

    #14. Fort Worth, Texas

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 373,287
    Mean travel time to work: 26.8 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 8.1%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 15.8%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.7%

  • #13. Seattle, Washington
    39/ Cacophony // Wikicommons

    #13. Seattle, Washington

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 388,640
    Mean travel time to work: 26.9 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 6.3%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 4.8%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.8%

  • #12. Miami, Florida
    40/ Good Free Photos

    #12. Miami, Florida

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 198,285
    Mean travel time to work: 27.7 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 8.3%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 3.9%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.6%

  • #11. San Jose, California
    41/ Public Domain // Wikicommons

    #11. San Jose, California

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 486,960
    Mean travel time to work: 28.5 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 9.2%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 11.3%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.3%

  • #10. Washington, D.C.
    42/ Luke Jones // Flickr

    #10. Washington, D.C.

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 345,735
    Mean travel time to work: 29.9 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 8.8%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 0%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 24.9%

  • #9. Long Beach, California
    43/ Eric Fredericks // Wikicommons

    #9. Long Beach, California

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 215,614
    Mean travel time to work: 29.9 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 12.8%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 18.4%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.4%

  • #8. Boston, Massachusetts
    44/ Good Free Photos

    #8. Boston, Massachusetts

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 347,608
    Mean travel time to work: 30.3 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 11.7%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 28.7%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 1.3%

  • #7. Baltimore, Maryland
    45/ Baltimore Heritage // Flickr

    #7. Baltimore, Maryland

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 270,104
    Mean travel time to work: 30.5 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 12.5%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 35.1%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 3%

  • #6. Los Angeles, California
    46/ Sebastianstepper // Wikicommons

    #6. Los Angeles, California

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 1,853,827
    Mean travel time to work: 30.5 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 12.6%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 3.1%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.4%

  • #5. Oakland, California
    47/ Ethan Oringel // Flickr

    #5. Oakland, California

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 199,475
    Mean travel time to work: 31 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 13.5%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 34.9%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.4%

  • #4. San Francisco, California
    48/ Pixabay

    #4. San Francisco, California

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 479,139
    Mean travel time to work: 32.4 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 14%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 24.2%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 0.4%

  • #3. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    49/ Tim Emerich // Public Domain Pictures

    #3. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 639,442
    Mean travel time to work: 32.7 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 14.1%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 18.8%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 5.8%

  • #2. Chicago, Illinois
    50/ Christopher & Amy Esposito // Wikicommons

    #2. Chicago, Illinois

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 1,264,388
    Mean travel time to work: 34.4 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 16%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 6.2%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 1.2%

  • #1. New York, New York
    51/ Michael Vadon // Flickr

    #1. New York, New York

    Estimated number of workers 16 and over: 3,898,839
    Mean travel time to work: 40.3 minutes
    Percent whose commute to work is 60+ minutes: 25.4%
    Percent that work outside county of residence: 42.6%
    Percent that work outside state of residence: 2.8%

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