Commuter train in North CarolinaIn determining where to live, workers must balance the trade- offbetween high rents and short commutes against low rents and longcommutes. 

The most expensive commutes in the U.S. probably aren't whereyou would imagine. The commuters who face the highest costs aren'tcoming from the suburbs of New York City or San Francisco. Thesecommuters live within 65 miles of Washington.

Workers from Charles County, in southern Maryland, spent 388hours — or just under two and a half weeks — on average, travelingto and from work in 2017, according to Bloomberg analysis of U.S. Census data.

Complete your profile to continue reading and get FREE access to BenefitsPRO, part of your ALM digital membership.

  • Critical BenefitsPRO information including cutting edge post-reform success strategies, access to educational webcasts and videos, resources from industry leaders, and informative Newsletters.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM, BenefitsPRO magazine and events
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including and

© 2024 ALM Global, LLC, All Rights Reserved. Request academic re-use from All other uses, submit a request to [email protected]. For more information visit Asset & Logo Licensing.