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Would you move to South Dakota to escape the traffic?

Would you move to South Dakota to escape the traffic?

Traffic into and around the city is inescapable. Fortunately for those shopping for Dix Hills real estate, Jamesport real estate, Riverhead real estate or for a home in any of the other Suffolk County communities we serve, the Long Island Rail Road offers a good alternative to driving.

Aside from relying on mass transit, what else can be done to avoid getting stuck in traffic?  

To try to get a handle on the near-constant gridlock on its streets, New York is imposing a “congestion tax” on those wanting to drive into the heart of Manhattan.

Livability.com, which offers insight into life in small-to-medium sized cities across the country, has another suggestion. If you’re ready to put your Brookhaven, NY real estate on the market and make a move, they’ve compiled a list of places where traffic doesn’t seem to be a problem.  

In their search for cities where drivers can actually get where they’re going without a host of headaches and traffic jams, Livability considered average commute times and overall driver satisfaction. Believe it or not, in the cities that made their list of 10 Awesome Cities with Little to No Traffic, the average commute time is around 20 minutes. In some cases, it’s less!  

Of course, there are those who might say there’s a reason these places don’t have to contend with traffic problems.  

  • Sioux Falls, South Dakota made the list. “An average commute here will take you just 16.4 minutes,” Livability reports, adding that, “Safe drivers play a huge part in this minimal traffic, and time and time again Sioux Falls has been number one on Allstate’s list of cities with the safest drivers.”
  • “Commuters spend an average of 15 minutes on their way to and from work in Ames,” they say. “A tight-knit city anchored by Iowa State University, Ames is ranked as one of the nation’s top college towns and earned the #33 spot on Livability’s list of the Top 100 Best Places to Live this year.” 
  • Dayton, Ohio, earned a spot on the list because its lack of congestion allows drivers to get from one side of the metro area to the other within 30 to 45 minutes. 
  • Taking the top spot on Livability’s list is Greensboro, North Carolina. “According to a recent Wallethub surveyGreensboro topped the charts for the U.S. city with the least amount of traffic. Get this: the average commuter only spent an annual total of 4 hours in congestion. (This is a breeze compared to cities like Atlanta, where drivers spend up to 102 hours a year stuck in traffic.)” 

If you think a little traffic is a small price to pay for the incomparable benefits associated with life in the New York City metropolitan area and are looking for a Patchogue real estate agent who can help you find the home of your dreams in Suffolk County, please contact us.

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