Published On: Wed, Mar 16th, 2016

Which U.S. Cities Have The Longest Commutes

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Out of 108 million working Americans, 76 percent drive to work alone, 9 percent carpool and 5 percent use public transport. New York is actually an exception to the “driving alone to work” rule with the majority of its citizens using public transport. Despite that, however, the Big Apple still has the most arduous commutes in the country, averaging 39.4 minutes each way. The average across the United States is 25 minutes, according to Wallet Hub and Census Bureau data published by Business Insider.


The Typical U.S. Commute: By Car, Alone

According to the 2013 American Community Survey (published annually by the U.S. Census Bureau) more than 85% of U.S. workers aged 16+ commute to work by car, most of them alone. Only 5.2% of workers use public transportation to get to work and the percentage of people who walk or ride a bike to work is astonishingly small at 2.8% and 0.6%, respectively.

Of course, there are areas where the percentage of “green commuters” is significantly higher, but the national average is surprisingly low.


This chart shows the average time spent commuting to work every day in minutes.

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