Highway 180 looking east in Fresno County

published on August 13, 2019 - 2:20 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

For all of Fresno’s shortcomings when it comes to being workforce friendly, at least we aren’t wasting away our lives commuting to work.

That assertion is borne out in a new study from real estate site COMMERCIALCafe, which measures which US cities with populations of more than 500,000 that feature the least time spent commuting.

In fact, Fresno is the only California city that even made the list, with a 45.4 minutes-per-day commute, or 8.2 days per year, citing 2017 Census data.

That earned Fresno a No. 7 showing on the list of shortest US commutes, with Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, taking the top spot with a 42.8 minute average commute.

Fresno’s commute figure bested the national numbers. About 95% of working Americans spend an average of 54 minutes commuting to work each day.

New York City residents had the longest commute, with 83.6 minutes, followed by Chicago, Illinois with 69.8 minutes and San Francisco with 67.6 minutes.

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