"One of the things we know about Maryland's future is that there will be more people living here," he said. "As a result, I expect more sprawl and more traffic in the decades ahead."
One person who doesn't expect to join in that lifestyle is Villa. He said that in the three years since moving closer to work, he's lost weight because he has time to work out, saved money by selling off one of the family's two cars and is enjoying the freedom to go to restaurants and travel with his wife. Even if they decide to have children, he said, don't look for them to leave the city.
"We're part of that generation that will not go to suburbia — absolutely not," he said.
Short commutes by state:
North Dakota 56 percent
Wyoming 56 percent
South Dakota 52 percent
Montana 51 percent
Alaska 48 percent
Maryland 19 percent
New York 23 percent
Florida 24 percent
Virginia (tied with five others) 25 percent
Source: 2005-2009 U.S. Census American Community Survey
Rankings based on percentage of commuters who travel 15 minutes or less