Thinking about leaving New York City for the suburbs? If you’ll still be working in the city, your commute time will likely be one of the major deciding factors that determines where you’ll live. The good news: You CAN have a big backyard without having a big commute, too. There are plenty of New York City suburbs with relatively short commute times, similar to what you’d experience from on of the boroughs into Manhattan. Here’s a look at where to move if want to live in the New York City suburbs and have a commute that’s less than 40 minutes each way (for consistency purposes, we’re focusing on commutes via mass transit into downtown Manhattan here, as driving times can vary greatly).
Hoboken, New Jersey.
According to commute time data compiled by NeighborhoodX, the commute from downtown Hoboken via the PATH train is just 25 minutes, which is shorter than the subway ride from many neighborhoods in Queens and Brooklyn.
Newark, New Jersey.
Neighborhood X data shows that commutes from downtown Newark take an average of 29 minutes.
Mount Vernon, New York.
Prefer to live in New York State? If you settle in Westchester County, Mount Vernon offers one of the shortest commute times, tied with Newark at 29 minutes.
Larchmont, New York.
According to the Metro North Railroad schedule, peak hour trains to Grand Central station take just 34 minutes.
Bronxville, New York.
Bronxville doesn’t actually sit within the boundaries of NYC, but it’s about as close as you’ll get while still living in the suburbs. The commute by train into downtown Manhattan can take anywhere from 31-44 minutes depending on which train you ride, with times averaging 36 minutes.
Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
Hastings-on-Hudson lies narrowly outside the New York City borders–only Yonkers separates the town from the northern border of the Bronx. As such train ride on Metro North is refreshingly short, at just 35-45 minutes.
Mamaroneck, New York.
Just one town east of Larchmont, a commute from Mamaroneck on Metro North can take as little as 38 minutes, depending on the time of day.
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