One of my favorite things about living in Great Falls is the drive to and from work. It takes me an average of 23 minutes to drive from the Fox Farm neighborhood to Malmstrom each morning, a distance of approximately 9 miles, which may not sound particularly good or bad until you consider that most of that drive is along the Missouri River, with the stunning beige, white, or green scenery (depending on the weather), seeing lots of beautiful trees along Riverside Park, plenty of geese (and some squirrels, an occasional beaver or deer, etc), and a pretty leisurely pace of about 35 miles per hour.
And in fact, my commute time exceeds the average for Cascade County, which recently was judged to have the shortest commute time of any county in America:
The nature of Montana commuting got mention in the Wall Street Journal last week. Tapping Census data, the newspaper concluded that Cascade County residents enjoy the shortest average commute time of any county in the country…The Census numbers show (Cascade) county residents with an average commute of 14 minutes. The Montana average? A whopping 17 minutes.
I figure that my commute is just about as long as you can get within city limits, from the far SW corner to the extreme east side of town. How about you – what’s your commute like?