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Average American spends more than a week a year commuting to and from work

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Map of the United States showing commute times. The darker the color, the longer the commute. (Photo: EducatedDriver.org)

It's often the least liked and most stressful part of the day for American workers: commuting to and from work.

In fact, a new report from EducatedDriver.org finds the average American worker will spend more than a week (7.4 days) in 2019 getting to work and back home again.

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And if you live in the Salt Lake metro area or the Ogden/Clearfield metro area , the commute is even longer, 7.59 days per year for each area.

Summit County commuters clock in at 8.23 days/year in their commutes.

Utah County commuters have it a little easier, 7.22 days/year.

If you live in northeast Nevada (Elko micro area) you're spending a whopping 10.12 days in your commute.

But southern Utah commuters have it a little easier:

  • 5.83 days in the Cedar City micro area
  • 6.2 days in the St. George metro area.

"Using data from the US Census Bureau, we looked at commute times in almost 1,000 US cities," the report states. "We found the average American will spend just over one week – 7.4 days – in 2019 just driving to and from work."

You can check out commuting times in the interactive map below.

So how did EducatedDriver.org arrive at their numbers?

"First, we had to figure out how many days the average person will work this year. There are 52 weeks in a year, and the average person works 5 days a week. That’s 260 working days, but we also had to account for vacation time. A 2018 study found the average American takes 17.2 days of vacation per year. That brings us to a total of 242.8 days per year the average American works when factoring in vacation days. From there, we used data from the US Census Bureau on average daily roundtrip commute times for 964 cities and towns across the country and then did the math."

Other noteworthy data:

  • The East Stroudsburg, PA Metro Area has 2019's worst commute times. Here the average worker can expect to spend 13 full days driving to and from work this year.
  • The #2 and #3 slots are taken by the New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metro Division and the New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA Metro Area commutes--both of which result in about 12 days a year spent driving.
  • The Washington DC area claims two of the top ten worst spots at 11.6 days of driving in 2019.
  • Other portions of the NY Metro area round out the top ten, meaning the NY Metro has 4 of the top 10 worst commutes in the country.
  • The Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metro Division is the only west coast area in the top 10 at 11.3 days of driving to and from work for 2019.



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