Skip to main content

Main Area

Main

Worst commutes in every state

1/
Thomanication // Flickr

Worst commutes in every state

Anybody who does not live in close proximity to their place of work will speak too the fact that there is nothing quite as tiring or frustrating as an awful commute. While some people are fortunate enough to walk a few blocks to their office or even work from home, the vast majority of American workers either have to drive, bike, take some form of public transportation, or even take a plane to do their jobs on a daily basis. While a collection of factors can contribute to the depressing nature of one’s daily two-way journey, including the lack of space and cleanliness offered by many popular modes of transit, perhaps the most infuriating aspect is the immense amount of valuable time it can suck out of a person’s day.

In analyzing the various places around the country whose commutes rob their residents of the most time on a daily basis, Stacker accessed the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to compile a list of the worst commutes in every single state. Only cities with a population of 10,000 workers 16 and older were considered for this story, and their average commute time is measured in minutes. Read on to discover which city in each state has the hardest time getting to work every morning.

ALSO: Cities with the Worst Commutes in America

2/
Seabear70 // Wikicommons

#50. Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 91,668
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 16.8
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 2.5%

3/
Sara goth // Wikicommons

#49. Billings, Montana

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 55,408
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 17.5
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 3.1%

4/
Kenneth C. Zirkel // Wikicommons

#48. Burlington, Vermont

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 22,318
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 18.2
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 2.5%

5/
Bobak Ha'Eri // Wikicommons

#47. Minot, North Dakota

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 27,334
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 18.5
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 7.5%

6/
rytis77 // Wikicommons

#46. Anchorage, Alaska

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 158,110
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 19.1
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 3%

7/
Brandon W. Holmes

#45. Wheeling, West Virginia

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 12,074
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 19.3
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 4.7%

8/
Georgio // Flickr

#44. Rock Springs, Wyoming

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 11,899
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 19.4
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 5.5%

9/
Ken Lund // Wikicommons

#43. Bellevue, Nebraska

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 26,499
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 20.7
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 2.3%

10/
American007 // Wikicommons

#42. North Liberty, Iowa

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 10,386
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 21.8
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 2.6%

11/
Kenneth C. Zirkel // Wikicommons

#41. Saco, Maine

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 10,486
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 23.1
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 2.8%

12/
Visitor7 // Wikicommons

#40. Nampa, Idaho

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 37,214
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 23.2
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 3.8%

13/
Nearby Vinita, OK—The White Pelican // Wikicommons

#39. Bixby, Oklahoma

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 11,377
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 23.7
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 2.8%

14/
Bob Duran // Flickr

#38. Gardner, Kansas

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 10,088
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 23.8
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 3.7%

15/
Nearby Beloit, WI—Jason Dean // Wikicommons

#37. Muskego, Wisconsin

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 13,472
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 25.7
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 3.5%

16/
David Wilson // Wikicommons

#36. Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 17,625
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 26
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 8.8%

17/
Ditch Fisher // Wikicommons

#35. Brandon, Mississippi

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 11,314
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 26.2
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 4.1%

18/
Brandonrush // Wikicommons

#34. Bella Vista, Arkansas

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 11,209
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 26.3
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 3.9%

19/
Oakland County, MI—Adam Moss // Flickr

#33. Rochester Hills, Michigan

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 35,817
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 27.2
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 7.8%

20/
Southbound Delaware Route 1 in Bear, DE—Public Domain

#32. Bear, Delaware

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 10,078
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 27.2
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 7.1%

21/
Famartin // Wikicommons

#31. Elko, Nevada

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 10,017
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 28.2
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 20.7%

22/
Kenton County, KY—W. Marsh // Wikicommons

#30. Independence, Kentucky

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 13,529
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 28.2
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 7.2%

23/
Herriman Library—Ellen Forsyth // Flickr

#29. Herriman, Utah

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 12,184
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 28.4
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 5.8%

24/
Medina County, OH—Brenda // Wikicommons

#28. Brunswick, Ohio

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 18,573
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 28.4
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 7.2%

25/
RJ Matthews // Wikicommons

#27. Summerville, South Carolina

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 22,051
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 28.5
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 7.7%

26/
Nearby St. Louis, MO—Public Domain

#26. Wildwood, Missouri

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 18,167
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 28.5
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 4.4%

27/
Steve Morgan // Wikicommons

#25. Gresham, Oregon

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 49,735
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 28.8
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 9.9%

28/
LostThyme // Wikicommons

#24. Alabaster, Alabama

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 15,588
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 28.9
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 6.8%

29/
Riverrat303 // Wikicomons

#23. Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 41,436
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 29.5
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 8.6%

30/
Billy Hathorn // Wikicommons

#22. Thornton, Colorado

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 66,839
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 30.2
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 8.3%

31/
Interstate 65, Indiana—Doug Kerr // Wikicommons

#21. Schererville, Indiana

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 14,857
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 30.7
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 13.8%

32/
Public Domain

#20. Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 10,508
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 30.8
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 8%

33/
Public Domain

#19. Elk River, Minnesota

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 12,460
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 31.3
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 13%

34/
Nearby Epping, New Hampshire—John Phelan // WIkicommons

#18. Derry, New Hampshire

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 12,480
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 32.2
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 14.3%

35/
Adam Jones // Wikicommons

#17. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 639,442
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 32.7
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 14.1%

36/
Nearby Baton Rouge, Louisiana—Spatms // Wikicommons

#16. Prairieville, Louisiana

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 14,901
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 32.9
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 12.4%

37/
Nearby Columbia, Tennessee—jdj150 // Flickr

#15. Spring Hill, Tennessee

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 16,437
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 33.2
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 12%

38/
John Phelan // Wikicommons

#14. Randolph, Massachusetts

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 16,668
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 35.3
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 20%

39/
Junction of Interstate 17 and Arizona Loop 101—Ken Lund // Flickr

#13. San Tan Valley, Arizona

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 36,823
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 36.9
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 16.7%

40/
Jacnoc // Wikicommons

#12. Plainfield, Illinois

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 21,532
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 37.9
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 23.5%

41/
Alexisrael // Wikicommons

#11. Ridgewood, New Jersey

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 11,229
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 38.9
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 29.5%

42/
Nearby Ewa Beach, Oahu, Hawaii—Robert Linsdell // Wikicommons

#10. Ewa Gentry, Hawaii

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 12,926
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 39.1
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 25.1%

43/
Dekalb County, GA—Zeike // Wikicommons

#9. Redan, Georgia

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 15,819
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 39.2
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 21.4%

44/
WestportWiki // Wikicommons

#8. Westport, Connecticut

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 11,937
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 40.1
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 29%

45/
U.S. Department of Defense Photo

#7. Canyon Lake, Texas

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 10,051
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 40.9
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 20.7%

46/
Virginia State Route 55—Famartin // Wikicommons

#6. Linton Hall, Virginia

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 20,414
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 42
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 31.5%

47/
LIRR station Valley Stream—DanTD // Wikicommons

#5. Valley Stream, New York

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 18,430
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 42.8
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 31.2%

48/
Kayamon // Wikicommons

#4. Bainbridge Island, Washington

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 10,509
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 43.4
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 39%

49/
Osceola County, FL—Visitor7 // Wikicommons

#3. Poinciana, Florida

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 21,877
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 43.5
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 27.3%

50/
Maryland Route 231—Joshua Kinard // Wikicommons

#2. Waldorf, Maryland

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 37,538
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 44
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 34.3%

51/
Riverside County, CA—Patrick Nouhailler // Flickr

#1. Temescal Valley, California

Population of workers ages 16 and up: 10,432
Mean travel time to work in minutes: 51
Commuters with commutes of 60+ minutes: 41.7%

2018 All rights reserved.