Average one-way commute time for Texas residents reaches 26.4 minutes

Texas residents spend an average of 26.4 minutes commuting to work, the 15th longest commute among the states that Coverage.com studied in an analysis using pre-coronavirus data.

About 8.3 percent of commuters in the state have one-way travel times exceeding one hour, according to the analysis. The city in Texas with the shortest average commute time was Laughlin, according to the website, which aims to educate consumers by offering impartial insurance information.

Coverage.com relied on 2018 data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to rank states and the District of Columbia. The key commute data for Wyoming was not available.

Initial studies show that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Americans’ commuting habits, with public transit use decreasing, bikes and e-bikes gaining popularity and overall travel time decreasing as more people work from home, the researchers found.

Increased commuting times can be associated with more stress as well as an acceleration of climate change, according to Coverage.com.

Average One-Way Commute Times by State

Rank (Longest to Shortest) State Average 1-way Commute Time to Work (Minutes) Workers With Commutes Over 1 Hour City With Shortest Average Commute
1 New York 33.3 17.9% St. Bonaventure
2 Maryland 32.9 15.6% Andrews
3 New Jersey 31.7 15.8% Fort Dix
4 Washington, D.C. 30.3 8.8%
5 Massachusetts 29.7 12.8% Nantucket
6 California 29.3 12.2% Fort Irwin
7 Illinois 29.0 11.8% Macomb
8 Georgia 28.4 10.8% Cusseta
9 Virginia 28.4 10.4% Blacksburg
10 Washington 27.6 9.9% North Fort Lewis
11 Hawaii 27.4 10.1% Mahinahina
12 Florida 27.4 8.1% Key West
13 New Hampshire 27.3 10.0% Lincoln
14 Pennsylvania 26.9 9.2% Lincoln University
15 Texas 26.4 8.3% Laughlin
16 Connecticut 26.3 9.1% Storrs
17 West Virginia 25.8 9.1% Buckhannon
18 Delaware 25.8 8.0% Newark, Wilmington
19 Louisiana 25.5 8.0% Fort Polk South
20 Colorado 25.5 7.1% Springfield
21 Arizona 25.3 6.6% Parker
22 Tennessee 25.0 6.4% Gatlinburg
23 Rhode Island 24.8 6.9% Providence
24 Alabama 24.7 6.2% Livingston
25 Mississippi 24.6 6.8% Columbus
26 South Carolina 24.6 6.0% Beaufort
27 Michigan 24.5 6.3% Marquette
28 North Carolina 24.5 6.1% Boone
29 Nevada 24.3 5.2% Ely
30 Maine 24.0 6.4% Presque Isle
31 Oregon 23.7 6.4% Baker
32 Indiana 23.6 5.8% Upland
33 Missouri 23.6 5.2% Fort Leonard Wood
34 Minnesota 23.5 5.5% International Falls
35 Ohio 23.5 5.0% Wright-Patterson
36 Kentucky 23.3 5.7% Fort Campbell
37 Vermont 22.9 5.6% North Bennington
38 New Mexico 22.1 5.4% Cannon
39 Wisconsin 22.0 4.7% Ashland
40 Arkansas 21.7 5.1% Magnolia
41 Utah 21.7 4.7% Kanab
42 Oklahoma 21.7 4.6% Alva
43 Idaho 20.7 4.6% Mountain Home
44 Kansas 19.3 3.3% Beloit
45 Iowa 19.1 3.4% Algona
46 Alaska 18.8 4.8% Akutan
47 Nebraska 18.6 3.0% Ainsworth
48 Montana 18.0 4.0% West Yellowstone
49 North Dakota 17.1 4.3% Grand Forks
50 South Dakota 17.0 3.0% Platte

Source: Coverage.com

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