The Best Places to Live With the Worst Commutes

Think your commute stinks? See how it compares to others.

By David Oliver , Associate Editor, Social Media |June 8, 2018, at 2:42 p.m.

The Best Places to Live With the Worst Commutes


Commute got you down?

Typical scene during rush hour. A traffic jam with rows of cars.  Shallow depth of field.

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Commuting is one of the most draining and annoying tasks any human can endure. From bumper-to-bumper traffic to delayed trains to never-ending construction, trips to and from work are nightmares come to life. But how do U.S. metro areas stack up against each other when it comes to terrible commutes?

Here’s a look at the worst commutes among the U.S. News Best Places to Live rankings.

New York City

New York City

Times Square in New York.

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Best Places to Live Rank: 96

Metro Population: 20,973,061

Average Commute Time: 35.6 minutes

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Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. skyline with highways and monuments.

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Best Places to Live Rank: 8

Metro Population: 6,011,752

Average Commute Time: 34.4 minutes

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San Francisco

San Francisco

The Golden Gate Bridge is located in San Francisco, California.  Construction began in 1933 and was complete in 1937.  Total length is 8,981 feet, or 1.7 miles.  The towers rise 735 feet above the water and the deck of the bridge averages 220 feet above the water.

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Best Places to Live Rank: 20

Metro Population: 4,577,530

Average Commute Time: 32.1 minutes

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San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Aerial view of Old San Juan cityscape and beach, Puerto Rico, United States

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Best Places to Live Rank: 125

Metro Population: 2,230,563

Average Commute Time: 31.6 minutes

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Chicago, United States - June 26, 2013: People drive downtown on June 26, 2013 in Chicago. Chicago is the 3rd most populous US city with 2.7 million residents (8.7 million in its urban area).

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Best Places to Live Rank: 87

Metro Population: 9,528,396

Average Commute Time: 31.3 minutes

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Stockton, California

Stockton, California

Waterfront Cityscape of All American City Award Recipient, Stockton, California, Reflected in River at Weber Point

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Best Places to Live Rank: 124

Metro Population: 714,860

Average Commute Time: 31.2 minutes

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA downtown city skyline.

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Best Places to Live Rank: 47

Metro Population: 5,612,777

Average Commute Time: 31 minutes

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Rush hour traffic on Tobin bridge (aka Mystic River bride) heading towards Zakim bridge and Boston skyline at sunset.

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Best Places to Live Rank: 25

Metro Population: 4,728,844

Average Commute Time: 30.6 minutes

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Baltimore downtown traffic at sunset time.

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Best Places to Live Rank: 83

Metro Population: 2,780,873

Average Commute Time: 30.5 minutes

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Highway traffic in Los Angeles.

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Best Places to Live Rank: 101

Metro Population: 18,463,122

Average Commute Time: 30 minutes

Read more about Los Angeles.

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David Oliver is a social media associate editor at U.S. News & World Report. Follow him on Twitter, connect with him on LinkedIn, or send him an email at

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