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New Yorkers endure longest commute times

Big Apple residents spend average 38.4 minutes to get to work

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New York City residents spend an average of about one full week a year getting to work – the longest commute time in the nation among large cities, according to a new ranking of American Community Survey data by the U.S. Census Bureau. New York City residents take an average of 38.4 minutes to get to work each day – more than five minutes longer than Chicagoans, who face a commute of 32.7 minutes. Other large cities with populations of 250,000 or more with long commutes include Philadelphia (30.3 minutes); Riverside, Calif. (29.8); Baltimore (29.7); Washington, D.C. (29.4); San Francisco (29.2); Oakland, Calif. (29.1); Los Angeles (28.5) and Boston (28.2). "Planners and policy-makers have told us that they need these data to develop a local transportation infrastructure," said Census Bureau Director Louis Kincannon. "Commuting trends are critical as a city decides whether to increase its public transportation or build new roads." Of the 231 counties ranked in the Am...