While people tend to focus on a traditional suburban-to-urban commute—i.e. heading from the suburbs to the city every day—millions of Americans actually do a reverse commute and head to suburbia from the city for their 9-to-5s. And it makes sense—if you love city living, why give it up just because your job takes you to Stamford, White Plains, Mountain View or Bethesda?
That said, reverse commuters often have an added motivation to make the leap to 24/7 life in suburbia. Even if you don’t move to the town or area you work in, being in the ‘burbs and working in the ‘burbs can curb your commute big time while, of course, offering all of the other amazing benefits to calling the suburbs “home.”
The reverse commute is on the rise nationwide
Don’t worry, if you spend hours every day in a reverse commute, you’re not alone. Countless New Yorkers spend four hours per day or more to get from their urban dwellings to the suburbs. Stamford, CT, for example, is home to Synchrony Financial, Indeed.com and a handful of Fortune 500 and 1000 firms.
Across the country in Dallas, it’s a similar reverse-commute scene. Public transportation is limited, vehicular traffic is crazy and reverse commuters spend an hour each way traveling between Capital One, Toyota Motor North America and other major corporations.
If this sounds like you, it’s time to look to the suburbs…
Tons of millennials and other young professionals have sparked a major suburban revival—and the best of the city is, hands down, following them. Head to suburbia—for both work and life—and expect to reap some high value benefits including…
#1. A reduced weekly commute
Commuting isn’t just time-consuming; it’s expensive and stressful. A monthly MTA pass between NYC and Stamford is a whopping $335 per month, plus you’ve still got to get to the office after the ride. Move to Connecticut or, even, Westchester and you’ll slash hours off your commute and direct them toward the things you love—your family, your hobbies or, simply, getting your new backyard up and growing.
#2. Your dream home is within reach
#3. Access to the hot industry jobs
More and more urban companies are heading to the suburbs. Whether it’s relocating HQs to more affordable locations or, simply, opening an outpost or co-working space in suburbia, plenty of companies from Estee Lauder to Pampered Chef to Aetna call the ‘burbs “home”—and tons of new entrants are following suit.
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