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Study: Chula Vista among worst US cities for commuters

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Posted at 11:09 AM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 16:39:25-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Traffic is a nearly daily occurrence on San Diego County roads, but a new study has some particularly bad news for those who commute to work from Chula Vista.

According to financial technology company SmartAsset, the county’s second-largest city is the 19th-worst city in the U.S. for work commuters. The study shows Chula Vista is actually tied with Oakland, but the Bay Area city is listed at 18th.

After analyzing 100 U.S. cities, SmartAsset compiled statistics from the following metrics:

-- Average commute (in minutes)
-- 5-year change in the average commute
-- Percent of workers with a commute over 60 minutes
-- Median income
-- 5-year change in median income

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The report shows the average Chula Vista resident’s work commute is 30.9 minutes. The city has seen a 15.3% increase when it comes to the 5-year change in the average commute.

Of Chula Vista’s commuters, 11.4% have a commute that is over an hour.

North Las Vegas tops the worst commute list, followed by Hialeah, Florida; Philadelphia; New Orleans; and Stockton, California.

The other half of the worst 10 cities: Baltimore; Miami; Glendale, Arizona; New York City; and Long Beach, California.

“For many Americans, commuting requires a substantial amount of time and money. In fact, the 80% of commuters who drive alone to work spend roughly $16 billion annually on fuel, vehicle maintenance and time spent on the road," the report shows.

Click here to view the complete study