21 Top Time-Saving Cities
According to our survey, the living is surprisingly easy in these urban areas.
Takeout on every corner. Easy access to a doctor. Timed traffic lights. These conveniences can ease even the most chaotic days. To assess which places help you make the most of your precious hours, we sorted through reams of data on dozens of large American cities, ranked each on various criteria in five categories (see below) on a scale of 1 to 5, and added up those categories to get an overall score.
Includes average commute, walkability, traffic congestion, airport on-time performance.
Category 1: Getting Around
Category 2: Health and Safety
Includes average wait to get a doctor’s appointment, physicians per capita, response times of emergency medical services.
Category 3: Information and Technology
Includes broadband and wireless availability, bookstores and libraries per capita, helpful resources such as 311 hotlines.
Category 4: Green Time-Savers
Includes recycling access and cost, number of farmers’ markets and community gardens, bike friendliness.
Category 5: Lifestyle
Includes number of personal trainers and organizers, restaurants offering takeout per capita, miscellaneous time-saving services.
Read on to learn our winners nationwide, starting with the highest scorer.