Philadelphians claim America’s easiest commute (Atlantans the most difficult)

Hoang NguyenData Journalist
February 05, 2020, 2:00 PM UTC

Residents of the City of Brotherly Love are the most likely to say they have an easy commute to work or school, according to a YouGov survey. The study is part of YouGov’s 2019 Citybus series and measures the opinions of residents in 14 designated market areas (DMAs) on various aspects of their respective cities.

According to residents that indicate they commute to work or school, 78 percent of those that live in the Philadelphia metropolitan area indicate they have a “very easy” or “somewhat easy” commute.

On average, 70 percent of commuters from the 14 cities say they have an easy commute. Commuters who reside in Chicago (74%), Boston (74%), Detroit (73%), New York (73%), Seattle (72%), and Dallas (71%) are also especially likely to say they have an easy commute.



Residents in Atlanta have the most difficult commute

More than one in five (22%) people who commute from Atlanta say they have a “very difficult” or “somewhat difficult” time commuting. That’s the highest percentage of difficulty among the 14 cities and the smallest margin (43 percentage points) between those from Atlanta who say they have an easy commute (65%). In comparison, just six percent of Philadelphia residents say they have a difficult commute. 

Notably, residents of two Californian cities are especially likely to say they have a difficult commute: Los Angeles and San Francisco. A fifth of commuters (20%) from each metropolitan area say they have a “very difficult” or “somewhat difficult” time commuting.

Methodology: This question surveyed 2,310 US adults aged 18+ who indicated they commute to work or school (i.e., 152-177 residents per metro area). Interviews were conducted October 14-22, 2019. The respondents surveyed in the YouGov Citybus series reside in the following Designated Market Areas: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC.

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