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Commute Times by Metro Area

Among the nation’s 50 most populous metros, Houston ranks 12th in travel time to work.
Published on 1/15/21
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Commute Times
by Metro Area
Rank Area Commute Time in Minutes
1 New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA Metro Area 37.7
2 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Area 35.6
3 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA Metro Area 35.2
4 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA Metro Area 33.9
5 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH Metro Area 32.6
6 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area 32.5
7 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI Metro Area 32.4
8 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD Metro Area 31.7
9 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area 31.7
10 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area 31.6
11 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area 30.8
12 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metro Area 30.7
13 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL Metro Area 30.3
14 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA Metro Area 30.3
15 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL Metro Area 30.2
16 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metro Area 28.8
17 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metro Area 28.6
18 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area 28.5
19 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area 28.3
20 Sacramento-Roseville-Folsom, CA Metro Area 28.2
21 Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area 28.1
22 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ Metro Area 27.9
23 Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, TX Metro Area 27.7
24 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area 27.7
25 Pittsburgh, PA Metro Area 27.7
26 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area 27.5
27 Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area 27.4
28 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX Metro Area 27.4
29 Jacksonville, FL Metro Area 27.3
30 Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area 27.2
31 San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, CA Metro Area 27.2
32 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area 26.8
33 New Orleans-Metairie, LA Metro Area 26.5
34 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metro Area 26.1
35 St. Louis, MO-IL Metro Area 26.0
36 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV Metro Area 25.9
37 Richmond, VA Metro Area 25.9
38 Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN Metro Area 25.8
39 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN Metro Area 25.6
40 Columbus, OH Metro Area 25.0
41 Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area 24.9
42 Memphis, TN-MS-AR Metro Area 24.8
43 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metro Area 24.6
44 Hartford-East Hartford-Middletown, CT Metro Area 24.2
45 Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN Metro Area 24.2
46 Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area 23.9
47 Oklahoma City, OK Metro Area 23.7
48 Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI Metro Area 23.5
49 Salt Lake City, UT Metro Area 23.3
50 Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area 21.7
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2019 American Community Survey  
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