FWIW, I live in south of Boston and I think our commuting times are a little longer than other parts of the country.
DH and I are looking at houses and DH definitely wants a house south of Boston. We found a great house but it would significantly add to the commute we have now. Now we drive to the train station (5-10 minutes) and then take the train to work (about 20 minutes) so our total commute time is 25-30 minutes. DH has no interest in living where we are now.
If we were to buy the house we are looking at now, total commute time with no traffic would be probably about 50 minutes. However, doing out the traffic now (8:15am) it would be about an hour and 15 minutes. DH doesn’t have to be at work until 10, so it would probably be closer to an hour, but still. It would also necessitate us getting a second car if we didn’t go in at the same time every day (some of the other closer DH could drive me or I could take a bus).
But then I look at towns closer and it seems like they have really far commutes too. Parts of towns that I would consider really close to the city, seem to also have commutes of 45 minutes to an hour depending on traffic, so I’m not sure how much difference it really makes.
How long of a commute would be too long on a regular basis? Maybe time to find another job outside the city (easier said than done).
My commute is usually less than 10 minutes and I think that’s too long. My mother commuted 90min+ every day for more than 15 years til she retired. I don’t know how she did it.
Honestly, I don’t consider a 45 minute commute that bad. My commute can be anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours (depending on traffic) to drive 42 miles. Unfortunately, there is no public transportation I can take to work but if there was I would almost relish that time to read or just sit and not use my brain.
I used to live in the San Francisco Bay area, and a 45 minute commute was too much to me, but on the shorter side of “average.” Now that I’m in a much smaller town in the northwest, my three minute, one mile commute is perfect. It all depends on what you’re used to – I could never go back!!!
My husband commutes 45 min to an hour depending on traffic right now. He doesn’t like it. Its doable but he feels like he is wasting a lot of time during the day having to drive not to mention all the miles going onto his car. My current commute is 20 min which I think is fine. Our new house will be more in the middle, his commute will be 30 min mine will be 25 min. We both think around 20-30 minutes is reasonable.
I would be ok with a longer commute if it was on public transportation at least then I could read or do some work. I would hate sitting in Boston traffic everyday for that long though.
I think for a larger city like Boston, 50 minutes + doesn’t seem too bad. I always thought that was the typical commute for those types of areas.
I live in the Milwaukee area and I think my commute is too long. It takes 1 hour to get to work. I’d say the typical commute time here is between 15-30 minutes. We’re staying in our current apartment for 1 more year and then moving closer to both our jobs – I can’t STAND our commute. It really elevates my stress level, and to me, that makes our nice apartment far from work not worth it!!
I’ve done all types. Currently I live about 8 miles from the office, and my commute runs anywhere from 15-30 minutes depending on traffic/accidents/etc.
I’ve also lived 25 miles from the office and my commute was over an hour on a good day.
To me, anything more than 30 minutes is a beating. I say that because I’m spoiled now. I’ve never had this short of a commute and I’d hate to go back to it!
I have driven anywhere from 5 minutes (now) to 1 hr and 30 minutes, and I, personally, would never, ever, go back to a long commute. I did a 45 min commute for about 8 years and that was doable. I think anything over an hour is a waste of time.
To me, 45 minutes is pretty standard. My commute is currently a little less than that, but I’ve had commutes up to an hour and 15 minutes in the past. I also work in the city.
What does your husband think about having to sacrifice the ease of your current commute to move to a different area?
My commute is 15 minutes (barring road conditions, accidents, stupid people) and that’s okay. My old job was actually closer geographically, but took me almost 30 minutes, which was far too long.
It certainly is a trade off. My friends were just debating that when buying a house and ended up going for the hour commuite to get a house in a nice neighborhood with great schools.
I do 1:15 in the AM now and 1 hour in the PM and it sucks. But I do get used to it since most of it is on the train. At least I get to read. I do really wish I had that time of the day back. If you work long hours, it only makes the day really long, but if you work average days you can still get things done (like cook dinner, gym etc)
It is a tough call. When we move next we will be moving closer to where we work so we dont have as long as a commute because of the long hours we work on top of the commute. We will pay the extra money or give up space to get it.
20 minutes is my maximum. I had to travel 30-45 minutes last year for a few weeks and it was miserable.
Right now, it’s 35 minutes in the morning and 40 minutes in the afternoon. I don’t use public transit, because it would be 65 minutes in the morning, and about 90 minutes in the afternoon. But my shift is 6:30 – 3:30, so I miss most of the traffic.
When I took public transit to my job in downtown LA, my commute via train was about an hour.
My commute is 25 minutes each way & I can definitely handle that my max would be 30 minutes.
It’s usually about 30-45 minutes for us in a fairly large Canadian city. Pretty average for where we live.