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Ranking the Worst Commutes in Sacramento

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    Ranking the Worst Commutes in Sacramento

    Sacramento commuters have long dreaded the malaise of US-50 traffic and the craziness of intersections like Watt Avenue and Fair Oaks Boulevard. But for all the nuanced traffic spots that locals aim to steer clear off, the question emerges: which Sacramento commuters have it the worst?

    While Sacramento County's average one-way commute of 26.5 minutes falls in line with the U.S. norm of 26.1 minutes, it's eye-opening to realize that these commutes can amount to nearly nine days of travel time per year for the typical 50 weeks of work. For the venerated “mega-commuters,” those with one-way treks of over 90-minutes, annual time spent journeying to work leaps to over 31 days.

    Using data from the recently-released 2016 American Community Survey, Stacker analyzed how daily commutes compare across Sacramento. Our analysis focused on the 13 Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs), statistical geographic areas with populations of over 100,000 that make up Sacramento proper. For each area, we ranked by median one-way commute time while including insights into the percentage of commuters with 60+ and 90+ minute journeys.

    We begin our list at #13 and push our way to the worst commute in Sacramento, where over half of commuters face daily commutes of at least 30 minutes and nearly 4.5% have mega-commutes. Read on to see where your area ranked among the worst commutes in Sacramento.

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    #13: West - Sacramento (Central/Downtown & Midtown)

    Population: 119,513 (57,099 commuters)

    Median commute time: 15 to 19 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 5.3% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 2.7% of all commuters

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    #12: Northwest - Sacramento (Northwest/Natomas)

    Population: 116,455 (52,548 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 4.9% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 3.0% of all commuters

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    #11. Davis, Woodland & West Sacramento Cities

    Population: 215,802 (87,190 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 6.4% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 2.8% of all commuters

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    #10: North Central - Arden-Arcade, Carmichael & Fair Oaks (West)

    Population: 114,911 (48,058 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 5.8% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 2.0% of all commuters

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    #9: Northeast - Folsom City, Orangevale & Fair Oaks (East)

    Population: 114,459 (46,327 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 6.6% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 2.0% of all commuters

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    #8: Sacramento (Southwest/Pocket, Meadowview & North Laguna)

    Population: 147,813 (62,493 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 7.2% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 2.5% of all commuters

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    #7: Sacramento (Southeast/Fruitridge, Avondale & Depot Park)

    Population: 134,483 (45,468 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 6.9% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 3.1% of all commuters

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    #6: North Central - North Highlands, Foothill Farms & McClellan Park

    Population: 137,671 (52,006 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 7.1% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 4.0% of all commuters

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    #5: North Central - Citrus Heights City

    Population: 109,197 (50,448 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 6.7% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 3.4% of all commuters

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    #4: Central - Rancho Cordova City

    Population: 118,672 (53,703 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 7.6% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 2.7% of all commuters

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    #3: North - Sacramento (North), Antelope & Rio Linda

    Population: 126,606 (48,601 commuters)

    Median commute time: 25 to 29 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 8.5% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 4.6% of all commuters

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    #2: Central - Elk Grove City

    Population: 164,166 (70,999 commuters)

    Median commute time: 25 to 29 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 9.5% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 3.7% of all commuters

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    #1: South - Galt, Isleton Cities & Delta Region

    Population: 110,514 (43,111 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 11.3% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 4.5% of all commuters

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