Study Quantifies Job Access in U.S. Cities

An annual survey by the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota measures job availability, job location, population density, and the availability of transit.

July 9, 2018, 8:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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"New York City has the highest job accessibility by transit, with 31% of the city’s commutes being made by transit," reports Jason Plautz, sharing the findings of a new study by the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota.

Following New York in job accessibility are San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Boston. "The top cities should be no surprise: New York, San Francisco and Chicago all have a combination of dense downtowns and high-speed trains that can transport workers from suburbs," writes Plautz.

The article also digs into some of the most improved c ities in terms of jobs access.

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