Workers in Canyon Lake, Texas have some of the longest commutes in the country

The share of Americans working from home skyrocketed during the pandemic. A recent Gallup study found that 45% of full-time workers in the United States – and two-thirds of white-collar workers – were doing their job remotely at least some of the time.

The shift is proving to be a positive development for millions of Americans. Gallup reports that over 90% of remote workers hope that the trend continues after the pandemic, citing the lack of commute time as the chief benefit.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average commute time in the United States is 26.9 minutes. For those who travel to and from work every Monday through Friday, this translates to about 4.5 hours per week, or nearly 10 days a year.

Of course, commute times vary from person to person, but in some parts of the country, workers are far more likely to have longer commutes than in others. Canyon Lake, Texas, for example, has one of the longest average commute times in the country.

Workers in the area spend an average of 38.9 minutes getting to work each day, well above the national average. Of the 9,800 workers in the city who commute, 38.1% spend 45 minutes or more commuting one way compared to just 17.6% of commuters nationwide.

Long commute times add up in Canyon Lake. Based on average commute times, those working five days a week spend 6.5 hours a week and about 14 days a year commuting.

Average commute times are five-year estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2020 American Community Survey. We reviewed all census places with populations of at least 25,000 and 1,000 or more commuters ages 16 and up.

Rank City Avg. commute time (minutes) Commuters traveling 45+ min. (%)
1 Temescal Valley, California 47.7 55.2%
2 Antioch, California 46.4 49.7%
3 Waldorf, Maryland 46.1 52.2%
4 Poinciana, Florida 45.7 51.2%
5 Brentwood, California 45.1 47.5%
6 Tracy, California 44.5 47.5%
7 Los Banos, California 44.5 47.4%
8 Graham, Washington 43.6 43.2%
9 Richmond West, Florida 43.5 47.1%
10 Cutler Bay, Florida 43.3 47.2%
11 Oakley, California 43.2 46.7%
12 Princeton, Florida 43.0 42.7%
13 Lake Elsinore, California 42.9 41.6%
14 Menifee, California 42.9 39.3%
15 Lake Ridge, Virginia 42.5 49.5%
16 Long Beach, New York 42.3 45.3%
17 Palmdale, California 42.0 44.3%
18 Pittsburg, California 42.0 39.7%
19 Valley Stream, New York 41.9 41.4%
20 Linton Hall, Virginia 41.8 46.8%
21 Hercules, California 41.7 45.1%
22 Adelanto, California 41.7 43.7%
23 Hesperia, California 41.7 42.7%
24 New York, New York 41.4 43.2%
25 Maple Valley, Washington 41.1 41.8%
26 Dublin, California 41.0 44.0%
27 French Valley, California 40.9 38.8%
28 Elmont, New York 40.5 37.6%
29 Clinton, Maryland 40.3 43.3%
30 Dale City, Virginia 40.2 45.0%
31 Homestead, Florida 40.1 37.9%
32 Old Bridge, New Jersey 40.1 35.9%
33 Kendall West, Florida 40.0 35.8%
34 Manteca, California 39.8 33.5%
35 South Miami Heights, Florida 39.6 37.1%
36 San Jacinto, California 39.6 36.8%
37 Eastvale, California 39.5 38.8%
38 Victorville, California 39.3 37.6%
39 Hoboken, New Jersey 39.0 43.3%
40 Canyon Lake, Texas 38.9 38.1%
41 Chino Hills, California 38.8 38.1%
42 Clarksburg, Maryland 38.8 35.3%
43 South Riding, Virginia 38.7 37.3%
44 Ridgewood, New Jersey 38.5 37.8%
45 Westfield, New Jersey 38.5 37.6%
46 Woodbridge, Virginia 38.4 44.5%
47 San Ramon, California 38.4 39.3%
48 Wildomar, California 38.4 32.2%
49 Bay Point, California 38.3 33.7%
50 Kyle, Texas 38.1 41.0%

 

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