A recent study by Robert Walters polled nearly 3,000 San Francisco Bay Area professionals about commuting. We noticed a few interesting findings.
- The average commute time across the Bay Area is 34 minutes.
- Almost half, 46%, of San Francisco Bay Area professionals would consider commuting from 45 minutes to more than an hour for a better job opportunity.
- The most desirable areas to work in the Bay Area are San Francisco, the Peninsula and the South Bay. When considering new roles, 80% of professionals would target San Francisco in their job searches, 71% would look in the Peninsula and 55% would consider the South Bay.
Breaking things down even further, 37% of respondents live in the city limits of San Francisco, making the city the most popular location to live in the Bay Area. Within the city, only 20% of professionals work outside of San Francisco and only 40% of professionals spend longer than 30 minutes commuting.
Even when considering a new and better job opportunity, the city is still the most preferred place to work for city dwellers, with 91% of respondents considering the city when looking for a career advancement. The only other place considered desirable by a large majority, is the Peninsula (69% of respondents would consider this commute when looking for a better role).
Almost half, 46%, of San Francisco Bay Area professionals would consider commuting from 45 minutes to more than an hour for a better job opportunity.
The South Bay is the second most popular place to live in the San Francisco Bay Area (22%) followed closely by the Peninsula (20%). 67% of South Bay dwellers also work in the area with 20% commuting to the Peninsula and 48% commuting between five and thirty minutes.
Peninsula dwellers work largely in San Francisco (47%) or nearer to home in the Peninsula (42%). Commute times are split, as you would expect, with 56% commuting 45 minutes or longer, presumably to the city, and 44% with shorter commutes of fewer than thirty minutes.
75% of professionals living in the North Bay work in San Francisco, and commute from thirty minutes to an hour, according to our results. East Bay inhabitants also largely work in the city (67%) and have longer commutes to get there, with 88% commuting longer than 45 minutes.
In summary, most professionals across the bay prefer working in San Francisco and the numbers show they are willing to log the commuting hours and hassle to get there. The Peninsula is the second choice, which makes sense when you consider the high concentration of top tech companies in these two chunks of the Bay Area.
For more information on the market in the San Francisco Bay Area, please contact Simon Bromwell, Managing Director, Robert Walters, California on email@example.com or call 415.549.2000.