Greater Cincinnati made the list of the Top 10 cities in the United States with the easiest and most affordable commutes.
In a ranking complied by Kiplinger.com and released today, the Cincinnati-Middletown Metropolitan Statistical Area ranked no. 7. To make the list, an area had to have a population of at least 1 million people and a low congestion cost, which the site defines as a measurement of wasted time and fuel calculated by the Texas Transportation Institute.
Also, Kiplinger factored in the average length of commute, local gas prices, yearly delays per commuter, and public transit use.
Greater Cincinnati had an average commute time of 23.7 minutes and an annual congestion cost per commuter of $451. That compares to the national average commute time of 25 minutes and congestion cost of $808.
Further, the average length of a commute in this region is 10.52 miles, compared to 11.79 miles nationally.
Additionally, the average cost of regular gas here is $3.28 per gallon (compared to $3.23 nationally); annual delays per commuter here average 19 hours (34 hours nationally); annual fuel wasted per commuter here averages 15 gallons (28 gallons nationally); and an average of 3.2 percent use public transit (5 percent nationally).
Kiplinger wrote, “Cincinnati’s metro population of more than 2 million (the largest on our list) hardly clogs up the roads. 3.2 percent of the city’s residents use public transit, which includes two bus services: The city-owned Metro and Kentucky’s TANK service. Cincinnati also plans to add a streetcar to the mix, a major project which seeks to replicate transit systems in Atlanta and Seattle.”
Greater Cincinnati ranked between Kansas City (no. 8) and Cleveland (no. 6).
Topping the list at no. 1 was Rochester, N.Y.
In describing the cities that made the list, Kiplinger wrote, “Some have seen massive population declines, clearing out roadways built for heavy travel. Others take advantage of sprawling highway systems and lots of urban parking lots. All have some of the happiest,least-stressed urban commuters in the country.”
Try telling that to motorists stuck on I-275 during rush hour.