Few things are more frustrating in a big city than dealing with the traffic. Thankfully, if you are open to trying out a new metro, checking out a city with a good Transit Score could save you stress, time, and money – think no car payments, gas, or car insurance! Living close to work in a city that offers ample transportation choices can save money, improve home values and save time and stress by decreasing commute times. So where are the best places in the US for utilizing public transportation?
The overall top five cities (which only ranked cities with over 500,000 residents) are: New York (81.2), San Francisco (80.5), Boston (74.8), Washington D.C. (70.4), and Philadelphia (67).
The top three Northeast cities are all from the top 5 overall, and feature long-established transportation systems: New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. Southern cities with high transit scores are: Washington D.C. (70), Miami (58), and Atlanta (43). Out West, the cities with the three highest scores are: San Francisco (80), Seattle (57), and Oakland, Calif. (54).
Living in Atlanta can be a less-stress experience if you take advantage of the MARTA system. Keep in mind, convenience to public transportation can also result in a higher price for a home. Home prices increase an average of 42 percent for homes located close to a transportation hub, according to national statistics.