I've heard more than once from my business colleagues who migrated to Kansas City that "rush hour" in our town is an oxymoron. Personally, I think that's a good thing--that spending 45 or more minutes in a car going one way to or from work doesn't sound all that much fun.
AdWeek just published a study on the Kansas City market and their statistics prove out the commuting phenomenon. In their study, 26% of us spend less than 10 minutes in our car going to or from work and 23% spend 10-19 minutes. So, almost half of the 96% who drive (and don't carpool) are in cars for less than 20 minutes--just enough time to down the morning cup of coffee on the way to the office, or to decompress on the way home.
Eat your heart out, big city colleagues.