Two from N.J. among Top 10 cities with longest commute

By Emily Bader
New Jersey | Jan 16, 2019 at 12:34 pm

As more and more people are relying on cars to get to and from work, Haven Life, an online life insurance agency, recently released the Top 10 cities in the U.S. that have the longest and shortest commutes.

It turns out not one, but two New Jersey cities ranked in its compilation of the Top 10 cities with the longest commutes.

Newark ranked No. 5 in the list and Jersey City ranked No. 3.

Haven life said it evaluated data from the U.S. Census Bureau‘s 2017 American Community Survey. For each city, Haven Life calculated the average round trip commute time and other statistics.

In Newark, the average round trip, Haven Life said, is a whopping 71 minutes with 20.6 percent of its 285,000 residents making the trek every week. While many commute to New York City during the day, others have jobs in town, accounting for 8.1 percent of commuters that can walk to work, Haven Life said.

In Jersey City, 18.7 percent of residents are spending an average of 73.6 minutes commuting.

Although Newark and Jersey City are next to each other, their commuter profiles differentiate, Haven Life found. In Newark, 25 percent of the working population uses public transportation, but in Jersey City, the number is around 50 percent.

Here are the Top 10 cities with the longest commutes:

10. Naperville, Illinois;
9. Yonkers, New York;
8. Moreno Valley, California;
7. Chicago, Illinois;
6. Santa Clarita, California;
5. Newark, New Jersey;
4. Corona, California;
3. Jersey City, New Jersey;
2. New York, New York;
1. Palmdale, California.

And here are the Top 10 cities with the shortest commutes, with the longest of this group being roughly 37 minutes and the shortest being 32 minutes.

10. Boise, Idaho;
9. Tallahassee, Florida;
8. Syracuse, New York;
7. Lincoln, Nebraska;
6. Wichita, Kansas;
5. Eugene, Oregon;
4. Amarillo, Texas;
3. Springfield, Missouri;
2. Sioux Falls, South Dakota;
1. Lubbock, Texas.

To see the full list and methodology, click here.

Emily Bader | ebader@roi-nj.com | emilybader