Global Commuter Index

Ranking the Best Cities for Green Commuting & Commuter Wellbeing

Traffic delays. Rail fare increases. Air pollution. The list goes on. Commuting really is far from a stress-free experience.

Some might see their commute as simple as just getting from A to B, but we know the effect your daily commute can have on your wellbeing both physically and mentally.

In fact, recent scientific research has shown that a reduced journey time is imperative in improving happiness. It also goes without saying that a reduction in transport cost offers greater financial stability and living in a less polluted city will only decrease our risk of respiratory illness.

So where is the best city to live to improve your commute? Using a variety of factors that we know affect a commuter's experience, we have created this very comprehensive index showcasing 114 cities across the globe.

Time Spent Commuting in Minutes

Time Spent Waiting at a Train Station

Time Spent in Traffic

Cost of Petrol

Cost of Monthly Travel Pass in Dollars

Gender Pay Gap Ranking

Happiness Rating

Average Walking Distance

Work-Life Balance

Pollution Ranking

EV Charging Stations Per Capita

Cycle Ways Per Capita

Time
Cost
Wellbeing
Environment
Time

10 = best score/shortest time

Cost

10 = best score/lowest cost

Wellbeing

10 = highest score/shortest walking distance

Environment

10 = lowest pollution score/highest no. of charging stations

methodology

For each category, we filtered through the internet for the most recent and reputable data. Because the data sources vary in format, min-max normalisation values were used to standardise the data into a score between 0 and 10. The overall rankings are then determined by a cities’ overall average score.

Please note

For the following data points, a score of 10 means they were the best in their category and had the lowest cost/time/distance calculated.

  • Time spent commuting
  • Time spent waiting at a train station
  • Time spent in traffic
  • Cost of petrol
  • Cost of monthly travel pass
  • Average walking distance
  • Pollution ranking

Time Spent Commuting in Minutes

Average time spent commuting in each city per day.

Dalia Research
Data related to country

Time Spent Waiting at a Train Station

Average time spent waiting at a train station in each city.

Moovit
Data related to city

Time Spent in Traffic

Average time spent waiting in traffic in each city.

Numbeo
Data related to city

Cost of Petrol

Average cost of petrol in each city per gallon (in dollars)

Numbeo
Data related to city

Cost of Monthly Travel Pass in Dollars

Average cost of a monthly travel pass in each city.

Numbeo
Data related to city

Gender Pay Gap Ranking

Examines gender parity in each city.

Data taken from Table 3, 2018

The Global Gender Gap Report 2018
Data related to country

Happiness Rating

Examines each countries’ happiness which in turn has been applied to each city

World Happiness Report
Data related to country

Average Walking Distance

Average walking distance during one trip in one direction.

Moovit
Data related to city

Work-Life Balance

Looks at the number of employees who work very long hours (more than 50 per week).

OECD Better Life Index- Employees working very long hours (percentage figure)
Data related to country

Pollution Ranking

Examines each city’s carbon emissions.

Numbeo
Data related to city

EV Charging Stations Per Capita

Number of electric car charging stations per capita.

Open Charge Map (API)
Data related to city

Cycle Ways Per Capita

Examines the amount of cycle ways per capita.

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Data related to city