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Best commutes in California

  • Best commutes in California
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    Best commutes in California

    Time is a valuable commodity; most people living in the United States can agree they spend way too much of it sitting in traffic. The average American spends nearly an hour in a single-occupancy vehicle getting to and from work each day.

    Though congestion and long, complicated commutes are often accepted as an unavoidable part of life in places like New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C., some cities boast relatively quick and easy transits. Which cities in the country have the shortest and least complicated commutes?

    Stacker has collected data from the U.S Census Bureau to determine the best commutes in eight different states, including California. Stacker ranked the cities by average commute, and any ties were broken by commuters with 60 minutes or more of one-way travel time. The most recent data from 2017 includes commuters 16 years of age or older, and it excludes people who work remotely.

    Read on to find out the fastest and easiest routes to help you save time and energy. The data might even help you choose which city you move to next.

    ALSO: Where people are moving to from California

  • #20. Monterey County (North Central)—Seaside, Monterey, Marina, and Pacific Grove Cities
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    #20. Monterey County (North Central)—Seaside, Monterey, Marina, and Pacific Grove Cities

    Average commute: 22.4 minutes
    Commuters with 60 minutes or more of one-way travel time: 4.8%
    Worker population 16 and older: 85,016

  • #19. Fresno County (North Central)—Fresno City (North)
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    #19. Fresno County (North Central)—Fresno City (North)

    Average commute: 22.2 minutes
    Commuters with 60 minutes or more of one-way travel time: 4.5%
    Worker population 16 and older: 83,914

  • #18. Kern County (West)—Delano, Wasco, and Shafter Cities
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    #18. Kern County (West)—Delano, Wasco, and Shafter Cities

    Average commute: 22.2 minutes
    Commuters with 60 minutes or more of one-way travel time: 7%
    Worker population 16 and older: 69,137

  • #17. Sacramento County (West)—Sacramento City (Central/Downtown and Midtown)
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    #17. Sacramento County (West)—Sacramento City (Central/Downtown and Midtown)

    Average commute: 22.2 minutes
    Commuters with 60 minutes or more of one-way travel time: 4.8%
    Worker population 16 and older: 59,395

  • #16. Colusa, Glenn, Tehama, and Trinity Counties
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    #16. Colusa, Glenn, Tehama, and Trinity Counties

    Average commute: 22.1 minutes
    Commuters with 60 minutes or more of one-way travel time: 7.2%
    Worker population 16 and older: 47,493

  • #15. Riverside County (East)—Indio, Coachella, Blythe, and La Quinta (East) Cities
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    #15. Riverside County (East)—Indio, Coachella, Blythe, and La Quinta (East) Cities

    Average commute: 22 minutes
    Commuters with 60 minutes or more of one-way travel time: 4.6%
    Worker population 16 and older: 71,475

  • #14. Imperial County—El Centro City
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    #14. Imperial County—El Centro City

    Average commute: 21.8 minutes
    Commuters with 60 minutes or more of one-way travel time: 4.9%
    Worker population 16 and older: 58,660

  • #13. Tulare County (West Central)—Tulare and Porterville Cities
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    #13. Tulare County (West Central)—Tulare and Porterville Cities

    Average commute: 21.3 minutes
    Commuters with 60 minutes or more of one-way travel time: 6%
    Worker population 16 and older: 55,902

  • #12. Riverside County—Palm Desert, La Quinta (West), and Desert Hot Springs Cities
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    #12. Riverside County—Palm Desert, La Quinta (West), and Desert Hot Springs Cities

    Average commute: 21.1 minutes
    Commuters with 60 minutes or more of one-way travel time: 6.1%
    Worker population 16 and older: 58,700

  • #11. Riverside County (Central)—Cathedral City, Palm Springs, and Rancho Mirage Cities
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    #11. Riverside County (Central)—Cathedral City, Palm Springs, and Rancho Mirage Cities

    Average commute: 21 minutes
    Commuters with 60 minutes or more of one-way travel time: 6.5%
    Worker population 16 and older: 54,303

  • #10. Fresno County (Central)—Clovis City
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    #10. Fresno County (Central)—Clovis City

    Average commute: 20.9 minutes
    Commuters with 60 minutes or more of one-way travel time: 4.2%
    Worker population 16 and older: 50,796

  • #9. Santa Barbara County (Northwest)—Santa Maria City and Orcutt
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    #9. Santa Barbara County (Northwest)—Santa Maria City and Orcutt

    Average commute: 20.8 minutes
    Commuters with 60 minutes or more of one-way travel time: 4.5%
    Worker population 16 and older: 56,641

  • #8. Fresno County (Central)—Fresno City (East Central)
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    #8. Fresno County (Central)—Fresno City (East Central)

    Average commute: 20.7 minutes
    Commuters with 60 minutes or more of one-way travel time: 4.8%
    Worker population 16 and older: 38,759

  • #7. San Luis Obispo County (West)—Coastal Region
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    #7. San Luis Obispo County (West)—Coastal Region

    Average commute: 20.3 minutes
    Commuters with 60 minutes or more of one-way travel time: 3.6%
    Worker population 16 and older: 78,285

  • #6. Tulare County (Northwest)—Visalia City
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    #6. Tulare County (Northwest)—Visalia City

    Average commute: 20.3 minutes
    Commuters with 60 minutes or more of one-way travel time: 4.6%
    Worker population 16 and older: 55,559

  • #5. Shasta County—Redding City
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    #5. Shasta County—Redding City

    Average commute: 19.2 minutes
    Commuters with 60 minutes or more of one-way travel time: 5.4%
    Worker population 16 and older: 70,647

  • #4. Humboldt County
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    #4. Humboldt County

    Average commute: 18.5 minutes
    Commuters with 60 minutes or more of one-way travel time: 3.8%
    Worker population 16 and older: 57,251

  • #3. Del Norte, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, and Siskiyou Counties
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    #3. Del Norte, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, and Siskiyou Counties

    Average commute: 17.5 minutes
    Commuters with 60 minutes or more of one-way travel time: 5%
    Worker population 16 and older: 43,179

  • #2. Santa Barbara County—South Coast Region
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    #2. Santa Barbara County—South Coast Region

    Average commute: 17.1 minutes
    Commuters with 60 minutes or more of one-way travel time: 3.6%
    Worker population 16 and older: 104,539

  • #1. Butte County (Northwest)—Chico City
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    #1. Butte County (Northwest)—Chico City

    Average commute: 16.9 minutes
    Commuters with 60 minutes or more of one-way travel time: 4.2%
    Worker population 16 and older: 53,298

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