Just about everyone who works in an office or cubicle has to commute to work, and this is an impactful part of a person’s day. We here at FastCubes are fascinated by everything office-related and this includes getting there in the morning and leaving at night. With that in mind, we put together this awesome infographic which shows some key statistics on commuting in the U.S. Enjoy!
Average Travel Time to Work
Commuting times vary drastically from person to person, with more than half of people having a commute somewhere between 10 and 29 minutes.
- Less than 10 minutes – 13.4% of workers
- 10-19 minutes – 29.8% of workers
- 20-29 minutes – 20.9%
- 30-44 minutes – 20.1%
- 45-59 minutes – 7.5%
- 60 or more minutes – 8.1%
Mode of Commute
Public Transportation, on average, accounts for the majority of longer commutes (23% as opposed to the general worker population at 5.3%).
- Driving Alone – 105.64 million workers
- Carpooling – 13.39 million workers
- Foot, Bicycle, Other – 6.29 million workers
- Bus or Other Pub Trans – 3.79 million workers
- Subway or Rail – 3.16 million workers
Top 10 States for 60+ Minute Commutes
States with higher numbers of “long commuters” tend to be adjacent to or contain large metropolitan areas, as is to be expected.
- New York – 16.2% of workers
- Maryland – 14.8% of workers
- New Jersey – 14.6% of workers
- Puerto Rico – 13.9% of workers
- Illinois – 11.0% of workers
- Massachusetts – 10.9% of workers
- California – 10.1% of workers
- Virginia – 10.0% of workers
- New Hampshire – 9.7% of workers
- Georgia – 9.3% of workers
Workers living outside of a metropolitan area or city and working within that city show the highest rate of long commutes, as traffic is often the worst on these roads.
- Commutes of 60 minutes or more: 8.1% of commuters
- Commutes of 90 minutes or more: 2.5% of commuters
Commuting Flows from Residence State to Workplace State
Metropolitan areas that are located near state borders cause a high level of connection between certain states – New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Kansas City. There is also a similar level of exchange between states in these scenarios, showing a balance between people working and living in each.
- New Jersey to New York – 396,520
- Maryland to District of Columbia – 330,171
- Virginia to District of Columbia – 226,407
- New York to New Jersey – 128,891
- New Jersey to Pennsylvania – 123,650
- Pennsylvania to New Jersey – 121,698
- Maryland to Virginia – 113,150
- Missouri to Kansas – 95,599
- Kansas to Missouri – 87,257