Marquette Ranked #1 by CNN Money for Best Commute

Marquette Lower Harbor

Marquette continues to be published as one of the top cities to live in among different categories. Earlier this year we reported that Outdoor Life ranked Marquette the 7th best town in the U.S. for hunters and fishers. Not bad.

This time around it’s CNN Money, and they have ranked Marquette the #1 town in the country to save money with a short commute to work, school, or elsewhere in town.

With a median commute of just 8.93 minutes (according to CNN Money) you can’t go wrong living in Marquette. Myself, I live on 3rd street and use my car about once a week. Within walking distance is the grocery store, beach, university, hospital, pharmacy, grocery store, movie theater, and of course numerous restaurants, bars, and places to shop.

“Where to ride out a gas crunch”

It’s lucky that residents of the biggest city in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula don’t have far to drive – they get more than 140 inches of snow per year.

Northern Michigan University, and a local hospital, and medical center keep road-time to a minimum for many of the locals who work within its 11.4 square miles. Compare that with Jacksonville, Fla., the nation’s biggest city by area, which covers a whopping 757.7 square miles and has an average commute time of 21.9 minutes.


Here are the rest of the cities in the top 10

  • Hays, KS
  • Laramie, WY
  • Aberdeen, SD
  • Naples, FL
  • Bainbridge Island, WA
  • Westport, CT
  • State College, PA
  • Hoboken, NJ
  • Santa Paula, CA

CNN also posted a video with a brief mention of Marquette in addition to their article. They also have a full data sheet on Marquette, thought it is yet to be rated in their top 100 towns to live, I’m sure it will be soon.

If you’re planning a move or visit to Marquette you’ll love it, take it from me after just a couple months living here with great job offers trying to pull me out of Marquette. You’ll save on gas money, but it’s tempting to spend all that saved money on all the amazing restaurants in the area.


Thanks to Steve for passing on this information.

Marquette is ranked the 23rd best town for singles.

Marquette offers plenty of outdoor activities as well as downtown shopping and dining, making it a great home for singles on the southern shore of Lake Superior. Residents here enjoy hiking, biking, beach walks, kayaking, skiing, ice climbing, hunting and fishing.

The city’s arts and culture center brings residents together for classes on ballroom dancing, African drumming, yoga, drawing and glass work.

Photo courtesy of yours truly, J. W. Sailor