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- Greater New York has the longest daily commute to work, according to the 2017 American Community Survey.
- The top 50 worst commutes in the United States range from 25.3 minutes to 37 minutes, each way.
- Some studies show time added to a commute translates to poorer performance, less satisfaction with work, and more stress at home.
- Commuting data include where people work, when their trip starts, how they get there, and how long it takes. Here are the 50 cities with worst commutes in the US.
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Everyone may feel like their commute is the worst at times.
People with long commutes tend to pay more for gas, typically get less sleep, have more fat, and are less happy than people who don’t, according to the Dallas Business Journal.
A half-hour commute adds up to 125 hours spent commuting every year (using a 50-week, five-day schedule as the baseline).
Across the United States, some areas are definitely getting a rougher deal than others.
We’ve ranked the top 50 worst commutes in the country, using data from the 2017 American Community Survey.
50. Deltona – Daytona Beach, Florida.
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Average trip to work: 25.3 minutes
The City of Deltona took things into its own hands after new developments and increasing traffic caused frustrated drivers to ignore speed limits and take local roads.
The city decided to release a Traffic Calming Handbook outlining how to reduce excessive traffic and speeding.
49. Greater New Haven, Connecticut.
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Average trip to work: 25.4 minutes
Despite spending millions of dollars on improving the area, including new train cars, a new rail line, and a completely redesigned highway interchange, the area’s transportation infrastructure is still failing to meet the needs of the city, the New Haven Register reported in October.
48. Minneapolis – Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Average trip to work: 25.6 minutes
According to Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development, the Twin Cities metro area has more available jobs than workers, so more than 242,000 people commuted into the Twin Cities from outside the seven-county region in 2014.
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