Trulia's heat-map for best and worst cities for commuters.

Commute times are on the rise, but renters tend to enjoy shorter trips to and from work than do homeowners.

That's one of the key take-aways of this ultra-cool, infographic-filled analysis from Trulia data scientist Mark Uh, who found that renters are far more likely to live closer to work, take public transportation and have shorter commute times than their home-owning counterparts. Uh's analysis reveals a somewhat split personality when people speak of commute times as an influence on their home location choices. Highlights:

  • Americans ranked short commute times to work or proximity to public transportation second only to crime rate when it came to determining where to rent or buy a home.
  • Even so, only 15.9% of Americans said short commutes or proximity to public transportation were among their top criteria in picking where to live. Working millennials who are renters valued short commute times or proximity to public transportation more so than low crime rates.
  • Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif., Houston and Long Island, N.Y.; ranked as having the shortest commutes for renters compared to homeowners.
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