Angry New Yorker

Thursday, February 26, 2004
[ed. note - We're "Yokers" alright. As in the Yoke is on us.]

New Yokers [sic] Have Longest Commute In The Country

New York tops the list of cities with the longest commute to work in the nation.

A 2002 survey by the U.S. Census Bureau ranked cities across the country as part of an effort to gather data to develop a local transportation infrastructure. The study found New Yorkers take an average of 38.4 minutes to get to work each day. The national average is 24.4.

With an average of 41.8 minutes, Bronx residents have the longest commutes out of the five boroughs, followed closely by Queens (41.4 minutes), Staten Island (41.2 minutes) and Brooklyn (39.9 minutes).

New York also ranks first among the states, with an average commute of nearly 31 minutes.

New York is followed by Chicago, where the average commute is almost six minutes less. The shortest average commute, 16.5 minutes, is in Wichita, Kansas.

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