Minneapolis metro has one of nation’s best commute times

Minneapolis Saint Paul is one of 15 metro areas in the country where you can drive or commute to work without sacrificing a lot of time or money. This ranking appeared in an article published in US News and World Report that recommended 15 cities for people who hate driving and long commutes. To get a good representative view of commute times of the cities recommended in this study, US News and World Report chose metro areas with populations of more than 50,000 and considered those with less than the 2009 average commute time of 24.4 minutes, taking into account city workers over the age of 16 who got to work without driving or carpooling. The study also looked at a number of other livability issues including home prices, crime and cost of living to come up with their rankings.

Minneapolis was recognized because more commuters are leaving their cars at home for alternate modes of transportation in an area that boasts of the 14th largest light-rail system and the 13th largest bus system in the country by passenger mile. Minneapolis ranked eighth in the study ahead of Portland, Ore., Ames, Iowa, Madison, Wis., Honolulu; Provo, Utah; Eugene, Ore., and Syracuse, N.Y.

Cambridge, Mass,; Pittsburgh; Boulder, Colo.; Davis, Calif.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; New Haven, Conn.; and Chapel Hill, N.C. ranked ahead of Minneapolis.

Nov. 20, 2009

Published Nov. 20, 2009