Shortest commutes / Fastest job growth
Here are cities from the Best Places database with the quickest median travel time to work 4 also are finalists on the overall list this year.
Rank City Median commuting
time (minutes)
1 Dubuque, IA 11.8
2 Bismarck, ND 11.9
3 Ames, IA 12.0
4 St. George, UT 12.0
5 Lake Havasu City, AZ 12.2
6 Pocatello, ID 12.2
7 Corvallis, OR 12.2
8 Chico, CA 12.3
9 Bloomington, IN 12.3
10 Sheboygan, WI 12.3
11 Rochester, MN 12.4
12 Missoula, MT 12.4
13 Cheyenne, WY 12.4
14 Bloomington, IL 12.6
15 Great Falls, MT 12.6
16 Bend, OR 12.6
17 College Station, TX 12.6
18 Flagstaff, AZ 12.7
19 Idaho Falls, ID 12.7
20 La Crosse, WI 12.7
21 Champaign, IL 12.8
22 Owensboro, KY 12.8
23 Jacksonville, NC 12.8
24 Eau Claire, WI 12.8
25 Casper, WY 12.9
Source: Census data, Onboard 2005 projections
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