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And for aspiring homeowners who've not been scared off by the housing crisis, our last word in business today is for you - location. Location. Location.

A new study shows the average American commutes an average of 25 minutes to work, which is almost nine full days per year behind the wheel. The location for many people is not so good. Commutes have worsened over the last two decades because highways have not kept pace with population growth and urban sprawl. If you work in New York City, your average commute is the worst in the country - about 36 minutes long. For the nation's easiest commutes, you have to turn to the colder climates of Omaha and Buffalo, where as it happens real estate is also cheaper, so you can lower your mortgage and improve your drive time.

And that's the Business News on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DEBORAH AMOS, host:

And I'm Deborah Amos.

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