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Chicago Has The 2nd Longest Commute In The Country

By Rachelle Bowden in News on Mar 31, 2005 1:01PM

2005_03_chicago_traffic.jpgFeel like your commute is sooooooooooo looooooooonngg? And there can't be anyone who spends more time getting to and from work than you do? Well, you're almost right. The Census Bureau's annual American Community Survey reported yesterday that Chicagoans have one of the longest commutes in the country. Only New Yorkers spend more time commuting than we do.

Chicago ranks second in the nation for big cities (250,000 people or more), with an average one-way commute time of about 33 minutes. And it's not just us city folk. People in Will County spend more than 32 minutes heading to work which ranks them 10th. Lake County drivers spend more than 30 minutes, ranking them 26th in the country.

And the New Yorkers who came in first - they spend more than 38 minutes in traffic EACH WAY.

If your heading out the door this morning on the way to work, you might want to check this real-time Chicago map of road congestion and construction before leaving.

Image via IL EPA