The Best Metro Cities for Commuting

We ranked the 50 most populated metro areas to find the best cities in the U.S. for commuters.

The Best Metro Cities for Commuting

Do you dread your morning commute? If so, a place with quick commute times, a good public transportation system and ideal driving weather is probably what you’re looking. Don’t worry, we found it. As a matter of fact, we found a few.

We ranked the 50 most populated metro areas by average commute time, quality of public transportation (using the AllTransit Performance Score) and commuting conditions (annual precipitation).

10 Best Metro Cities for Commuting
  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. Providence, RI
  3. Buffalo, NY
  4. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
  5. Hartford, CT
  6. Salt Lake City, UT
  7. Portland, OR
  8. Boston, MA
  9. Pittsburgh, PA
  10. Richmond, VA
10 Worst Metro Cities for Commuting
  1. Jacksonville, FL
  2. Oklahoma City, OK
  3. Nashville, TN
  4. Charlotte, NC
  5. Memphis, TN
  6. Indianapolis. IN
  7. Riverside, CA
  8. Raleigh-Durham, NC
  9. Orange County, CA
  10. Columbus, OH

All 50 Metropolitans Ranked

CityAverage CommuteAllTransit ScoreAverage Annual Precipitation (inches)Commute Score
San Francisco, CA28 min9.623.6481.63
Providence, RI22 min8.547.2179.09
Buffalo, NY20 min7.940.4778.72
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX26 min9.140.9777.97
Hartford, CT21 min8.144.2377.95
Salt Lake City, UT22 min7.718.5876.99
Portland, OR23 min8.444.0076.89
Boston, MA28 min9.443.5676.42
Pittsburgh, PA24 min8.334.875.73
Richmond, VA22 min8.043.6475.30
Cleveland, OH24 min8.339.1274.98
St. Louis, MO24 min8.654.7574.92
Denver, CO25 min7.815.5472.77
Philadelphia, PA28 min8.941.4572.37
Honolulu, HI27 min8.217.1372.28
Washington, DC31 min9.339.7570.57
Newark, NJ29 min8.846.2468.78
Los Angeles, CA28 min8.018.6768.37
Miami, FL27 min8.661.9368.05
Oakland, CA30 min8.323.9966.35
Baltimore, MD28 min8.558.4565.90
Cincinnati, OH22 min6.842.2464.95
Detroit, MI25 min7.030.9763.04
New York, NY36 min9.646.2362.72
Louisville, KY22 min6.544.8961.85
San Diego, CA24 min6.110.4060.54
San Jose, CA25 min6.415.0960.50
Chicago, IL31 min8.033.2060.23
Sacramento,CA25 min6.418.5159.91
Orlando, FL26 min7.253.1959.09
San Antonio, TX23 min5.721.2257.01
Atlanta, GA30 min7.749.7456.60
Phoenix, AZ25 min5.88.0456.43
Norfolk, VA22 min6.146.5556.16
Las Vegas, NV24 min5.44.1755.44
Houston, TX28 min6.845.2853.18
Austin, TX23 min5.534.2552.99
Kansas City, MO21 min5.039.0651.50
Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL24 min5.546.3149.03
Colombus, OH22 min5.156.1147.55
Orange County, CA26 min4.813.4044.80
Raleigh-Durham, NC22 min4.346.5842.14
Riverside, CA31 min5.310.3240.37
Indianapolis, IN23 min4.242.2040.14
Memphis, TN23 min4.353.6739.04
Charlotte, NC25 min4.341.6337.37
Nashville, TN23 min3.747.2434.86
Oklahoma City, OK21 min2.836.4632.53
Jacksonville, FL26 min3.950.0030.52

We analyzed data for the top 50 most populated metros on the following three criteria to get a Commute Score:
Average commute time in minutes (Licensed from Onboard Informatics) [30%]
Licensed from Onboard Informatics.
AllTransit Performance Score (AllTransit, 2017) [60%]
Annual precipitation in inches (U.S. Climate Data, 2017) [10%]

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