This is how the career website Zippia came to that conclusion. They ranked 500 cities across the U.S. on average home price, quality of public schools, the length of commute, average hours worked, and the percentage of income that pays for daycare costs.

The commute time in Binghamton is relatively short unless there is an accident. It only takes me 15 minutes to get from my house in West Endicott to the station here in downtown Binghamton each morning. On the way home, and usually takes 20 minutes. According to Data USA, the average commute time in Binghamton is 16 1/2 minutes.

Combine the commute time along with the average hours worked in the Binghamton area and that means for more quality time with the family. According to the report, the average person in Binghamton works 36 hours a week and the percentage of their pay that is spent on daycare is 23%.

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According to Zillow, the average house in the Binghamton Metro is just over $122,000. They say the average house per square foot is $78 which is much lower than the average across the state of $200. per square foot.

With the beautiful city parks and County parks in the Binghamton area, plus the Discovery Center, Ross Park Zoo, an animal Adventure, there are plenty of places to spend that extra quality family time in the Binghamton area.

[via: Zippia/Zillow/Data USA]