5. Lincoln, NE
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Percent of workers who live <10 min. from work: 15.2%Mean one-way commute: 19 minutesCommuter profile: Car: 91.1%, Public transit: 1.3%, Walk: 3.2%, Bicycle: 0.5%Median home value: $171,300Median rent (2br): $846
Only an hour’s drive from Omaha, Lincoln is another affordable midwestern city with a short average commute time (only 19 minutes). Lincoln is home to several parks and museums, as well as the historic Haymarket District. In addition, the Lincoln campus at University of Nebraska hosts more than 25,000 students, as well as a 250-acre Innovation Campus to attract tech and entrepreneurial growth to the region.