What cities have the worst (and best) commute to work?


A while back, I had seen the following map on the CEOs for Cities website.  It seemed like an interesting topic and an interesting map, but I just couldn't grok what their map was saying ...

So I decided to download the data and create my own map with SAS.  I used pies as my markers, and I set the size (area) of the pies proportional to the commute time, and I made a red slice in the pie to show what % of the commute time was spent in congested traffic.  My map is not nearly as 'dramatic' as theirs, but I think it provides a better and more intuitive representation of the data.  It basically says that most cities have similar average commute times, but some cities have a much higher percent of that time spent in traffic jams (look for the larger red slices).

How do these maps compare to your personal first-hand knowledge of commuting in these cities?   Are LA, Chicago, San Francisco, and DC really the worst?   Do Kansas City and Buffalo have the least traffic jams?

Here's a link to my SAS code, if you'd like to see exactly how I created this map!



About Author

Robert Allison

The Graph Guy!

Robert has worked at SAS for over 25 years, and is perhaps the foremost expert in creating custom graphs using SAS/GRAPH. His educational background is in Computer Science, and he holds a BS, MS, and PhD from NC State University. He is the author of several conference papers, has won a few graphic competitions, and has written a book (SAS/GRAPH: Beyond the Basics).


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