Best Cities in America for Commuters Ranked 2020

Introduction

There are currently over 143 million Americans who commute to work each day. Unfortunately, for most, commuting is just part of being employed. It takes the average worker 26 minutes to travel to work, and believe it or not, that average is only going to rise. With the increasing rise in jobs and population, our means of travel are continuously being pushed to its limit. 

Cutting 10 minutes out of a typical commute could end up saving someone nearly 85 hours a year.

At Millennial Personal Finance, I look to provide my readers with any information that I believe can help them make smarter financial decisions. For most employed Americans, commuting is unavoidable, but being able to know which cities are the most commuter friendly can help save time and money.

Based on transportation cost and average travel time to work, the list below contains the top 250 cities for commuters. The score for each city was determined by weighing both cost and time evenly and then summing those numbers together. The lower the score a city received meant a better ranking.

Top 250 Cities for Commuters

RankCityStateScore
1Truth Or ConsequencesNew Mexico35.50
2Laguna WoodsCalifornia37.00
3AugustaArkansas37.00
4CrestoneColorado37.00
5Sun City CenterFlorida37.50
6RadfordVirginia38.34
7Fairfield BayArkansas38.50
8CooperstownNorth Dakota39.00
9RussellKansas39.50
10CairoIllinois39.50
11Smith CenterKansas39.50
12LakeviewArkansas39.50
13Elephant ButteNew Mexico39.50
14OshkoshNebraska39.50
15AshleyNorth Dakota39.50
16ParsonsKansas40.00
17TucumcariNew Mexico40.00
18LangdonNorth Dakota40.00
19Horseshoe BendArkansas40.00
20PlentywoodMontana40.00
21Bull ShoalsArkansas40.00
22BeachNorth Dakota40.00
23Mountain HomeArkansas40.50
24PittsburgKansas40.50
25FarrellPennsylvania40.50
26FredoniaKansas40.50
27NeodeshaKansas40.50
28New York MillsNew York40.50
29BellevilleKansas40.50
30Port OrfordOregon40.50
31AinsworthNebraska40.50
32StocktonKansas40.50
33OsborneKansas40.50
34CandoNorth Dakota40.50
35EastportMaine40.50
36Hot SpringsMontana40.50
37MankatoKansas40.50
38Eureka SpringsArkansas40.84
39SharonPennsylvania41.00
40CoffeyvilleKansas41.00
41ChanuteKansas41.00
42WalsenburgColorado41.00
43ProvincetownMassachusetts41.00
44OrdNebraska41.00
45SuperiorNebraska41.00
46OberlinKansas41.00
47West YellowstoneMontana41.00
48ChetopaKansas41.00
49Golden CityMissouri41.00
50CrosbyNorth Dakota41.00
51MurrayKentucky41.50
52CorningArkansas41.50
53Atlantic BeachNorth Carolina41.50
54MadawaskaMaine41.50
55SpringfieldColorado41.50
56ArmaKansas41.50
57Hill CityKansas41.50
58JulesburgColorado41.50
59EurekaSouth Dakota41.50
60EdgemontSouth Dakota41.50
61BroadusMontana41.50
62DownsKansas41.50
63NilesOhio42.00
64NevadaMissouri42.00
65LamarMissouri42.00
66IolaKansas42.00
67El Dorado SpringsMissouri42.00
68QuartzsiteArizona42.00
69Blowing RockNorth Carolina42.00
70The PlainsOhio42.00
71FrontenacKansas42.00
72HurleyWisconsin42.00
73CavalierNorth Dakota42.00
74Yates CenterKansas42.00
75LintonNorth Dakota42.00
76LemmonSouth Dakota42.00
77ArapahoeNebraska42.00
78CrawfordNebraska42.00
79ScobeyMontana42.00
80MccloudCalifornia42.00
81BassettNebraska42.00
82JoplinMissouri42.25
83Sun City WestArizona42.50
84ParisTennessee42.50
85Morehead CityNorth Carolina42.50
86Fort ScottKansas42.50
87Miles CityMontana42.50
88AlbanyKentucky42.50
89Mc CookNebraska42.50
90Mountain ViewArkansas42.50
91AlpineTexas42.50
92IronwoodMichigan42.50
93SpartaNorth Carolina42.50
94MaldenMissouri42.50
95Broken BowNebraska42.50
96ValentineNebraska42.50
97NortonKansas42.50
98PhillipsburgKansas42.50
99BessemerMichigan42.50
100CommerceOklahoma42.50
101TuckermanArkansas42.50
102Lumber CityGeorgia42.50
103Park RiverNorth Dakota42.50
104ArkomaOklahoma42.50
105HettingerNorth Dakota42.50
106GreenvilleMaine42.50
107Fort SumnerNew Mexico42.50
108AtwoodKansas42.50
109CotterArkansas42.50
110LoganNew Mexico42.50
111GuernseyWyoming42.50
112SykesvillePennsylvania42.50
113CarbondaleIllinois42.78
114Johnson CityTennessee42.94
115BlacksburgVirginia43.00
116Lady LakeFlorida43.00
117MonticelloKentucky43.00
118CarrboroNorth Carolina43.00
119WythevilleVirginia43.00
120MiddlesboroKentucky43.00
121Russell SpringsKentucky43.00
122CalabashNorth Carolina43.00
123SheffieldAlabama43.00
124Baxter SpringsKansas43.00
125ColumbusKansas43.00
126JeffersonNorth Carolina43.00
127SebringOhio43.00
128BeloitKansas43.00
129MasuryOhio43.00
130FlippinArkansas43.00
131SpindaleNorth Carolina43.00
132LeadSouth Dakota43.00
133CarringtonNorth Dakota43.00
134WebsterSouth Dakota43.00
135OntonagonMichigan43.00
136HumboldtKansas43.00
137GordonNebraska43.00
138South HutchinsonKansas43.00
139GregorySouth Dakota43.00
140New RockfordNorth Dakota43.00
141LincolnKansas43.00
142CambridgeNebraska43.00
143La VetaColorado43.00
144MercerWisconsin43.00
145StaffordKansas43.00
146Red CloudNebraska43.00
147TownerNorth Dakota43.00
148CardwellMissouri43.00
149BristolVirginia43.04
150DanvilleVirginia43.07
151KentOhio43.21
152BooneNorth Carolina43.50
153GroveOklahoma43.50
154IndependenceKansas43.50
155Heber SpringsArkansas43.50
156LibbyMontana43.50
157CampbellOhio43.50
158CusterSouth Dakota43.50
159Gold BeachOregon43.50
160WoodruffWisconsin43.50
161PiggottArkansas43.50
162JamestownKentucky43.50
163Cherokee VillageArkansas43.50
164EmporiumPennsylvania43.50
165BrinkleyArkansas43.50
166ShelbyMontana43.50
167HardyArkansas43.50
168MelbourneArkansas43.50
169BurnsideKentucky43.50
170KimballNebraska43.50
171HoxieArkansas43.50
172Hot SpringsVirginia43.50
173OswegoKansas43.50
174WataugaTennessee43.50
175HoxieKansas43.50
176EarpCalifornia43.50
177La CrosseKansas43.50
178RushvilleNebraska43.50
179AlmaNebraska43.50
180GardinerMontana43.50
181Pawnee CityNebraska43.50
182Hay SpringsNebraska43.50
183New ConcordKentucky43.50
184StoningtonMaine43.50
185LakotaNorth Dakota43.50
186JohnstownPennsylvania43.86
187Grand ForksNorth Dakota43.95
188WarrenOhio43.97
189FitzgeraldGeorgia44.00
190GalaxVirginia44.00
191MarionVirginia44.00
192FlorenceOregon44.00
193ClearfieldPennsylvania44.00
194HamiltonMontana44.00
195Thief River FallsMinnesota44.00
196Devils LakeNorth Dakota44.00
197La JuntaColorado44.00
198LewistownMontana44.00
199Valley CityNorth Dakota44.00
200Walnut RidgeArkansas44.00
201ConcordiaKansas44.00
202ShenandoahIowa44.00
203Hot SpringsSouth Dakota44.00
204RumfordMaine44.00
205OgallalaNebraska44.00
206GalenaKansas44.00
207ThermopolisWyoming44.00
208GlasgowMontana44.00
209IndependenceVirginia44.00
210JohnsonburgPennsylvania44.00
211GreenfieldMissouri44.00
212BurwellNebraska44.00
213WakeeneyKansas44.00
214HebronNebraska44.00
215CherokeeOklahoma44.00
216Saint FrancisKansas44.00
217DeadwoodSouth Dakota44.00
218Appleton CityMissouri44.00
219Sister BayWisconsin44.00
220LincolnNew Hampshire44.00
221Lake ViewIowa44.00
222WashingtonKansas44.00
223FaulktonSouth Dakota44.00
224HallockMinnesota44.00
225WillifordArkansas44.00
226Island PondVermont44.00
227LoyallKentucky44.00
228DraytonNorth Dakota44.00
229CircleMontana44.00
230CherokeeKansas44.00
231SwiftonArkansas44.00
232MidwayArkansas44.00
233ColdwaterKansas44.00
234ToptonNorth Carolina44.00
235EscalanteUtah44.00
236SomersetKentucky44.09
237Sun CityArizona44.26
238SpearfishSouth Dakota44.26
239BristolTennessee44.50
240LaramieWyoming44.50
241ElizabethtonTennessee44.50
242HaysKansas44.50
243West HollywoodCalifornia44.50
244ScottsbluffNebraska44.50
245MiamiOklahoma44.50
246HermitagePennsylvania44.50
247GirardOhio44.50
248PulaskiVirginia44.50
249NewportArkansas44.50
250YrekaCalifornia44.50

Methodology

To determine the Best Cities for Commuters, I evaluated thousands of towns across the United States. The data used in this report was collected by Onboard Informatics. I reviewed methods of travel used by commuters, the population in each town or city, the average travel time, and the average transportation index score for each city. The population was used to weigh the scores for these costs and methods of transportation. After coming up with a weighted score for both average travel time and transportation score, I decided that the best way to rank each city would be to evenly weigh (.5) both time and money. The total of these scores was used to rank each city appropriately on the list.

Project CRediT sources data from Wealthy Genius including net worth, earnings, and various wealth statistics.

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