Ohio cities top list of shortest commutes

Ohio cities top list of shortest commutes
Ohio cities top list of shortest commutes
Posted at 10:42 AM, Mar 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-07 10:43:02-05

CINCINNATI -- Two cities in the Buckeye State top the list of American cities with the shortest commute times, according to new data out last week from

Cincinnati ranks in at the No. 10 shortest commute with an average one-way commute of 23.2 minutes. Columbus sits at No. 2 with a time of 21.8 minutes while Buffalo, New York, tops the list at 20.3 minutes.

Trulia used the Census Bureau's 2014 American Community Survey data regarding commuting habits and an online survey conducted among more than 2,000 Americans in November 2015 by Harris Poll to produce the results, which include the findings below: 

  • Commute times in the 50 biggest U.S. metro areas have risen steadily, jumping to an average of 27.2 minutes in 2014 from 26.4 minutes in 2009.
  • Americans ranked short commute times to work or proximity to public transportation second only to crime rate when it came to determining where to rent or buy a home.
  • Only 15.9% of Americans said short commutes or proximity to public transportation were among their top criteria in picking where to live.
  • Working Millennials who are renters valued short commute times or proximity to public transportation more so than low crime rates. 

The three metro areas with the longest commutes are New York City, Long Island, New York and Washington, D.C., with one-way commute times of 34.7 minutes, 33.0 minutes and 32.8 minutes, respectively.

See the Trulia website for full details and further breakdowns of the data.