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Ranking the Worst Commutes in Massachusetts

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    Ranking the Worst Commutes in Massachusetts

    The average Massachusetts commuter spends 29 minutes traveling to work each morning, coming in 11% higher than the national average of 26.1 minutes. For the typical Mass resident, this amounts to over ten days of of travel time per year (for 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 compared across Massachusetts. Our analysis focused on the state’s 52 Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs), statistical geographic areas with populations of over 100,000. 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 #52 and push our way to the worst commute in Massachusetts, where nearly one-in-five commuters travel more than an hour one-way and 7.0% make mega-commutes. Read on to see where your area ranked among the longest travel times in the state.

  • "Holyoke, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr
    2/ "Holyoke, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr

    #52: Hampden County (West of Springfield)--Westfield & Holyoke

    Population: 145,888 (67,091 commuters)

    Median commute time: 15 to 19 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 3.5% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 1.3% of all commuters

  • "Late Day Shadows in Historic Deerfield 02" by smilla4
    3/ "Late Day Shadows in Historic Deerfield 02" by smilla4

    #51: Franklin & Hampshire (North) Counties

    Population: 121,683 (57,907 commuters)

    Median commute time: 15 to 19 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 5.3% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 2.8% of all commuters

  • "Nantucket, Massachusetts" by Jasperdo
    4/ "Nantucket, Massachusetts" by Jasperdo

    #50: Barnstable (East), Dukes & Nantucket Counties--Outer Cape Cod

    Population: 113,101 (48,318 commuters)

    Median commute time: 15 to 19 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 5.9% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 2.6% of all commuters

  • "Pittsfield, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr
    5/ "Pittsfield, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr

    #49: Berkshire County--Pittsfield

    Population: 126,903 (59,708 commuters)

    Median commute time: 15 to 19 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 5.6% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 2.3% of all commuters

  • "Barnstable, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr
    6/ "Barnstable, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr

    #48: Barnstable County (West)--Inner Cape Cod & Barnstable

    Population: 129,429 (58,440 commuters)

    Median commute time: 15 to 19 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 9.1% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 3.8% of all commuters

  • "Chicopee Public Library (Chicopee, Massachusetts" by cmh2315fl
    7/ "Chicopee Public Library (Chicopee, Massachusetts" by cmh2315fl

    #47: Hampden County (East of Springfield)--Chicopee

    Population: 128,890 (59,149 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 3.8% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 1.2% of all commuters

  • "Hampden County Courthouse (Springfield, Massachusetts)" by cmh2315fl
    8/ "Hampden County Courthouse (Springfield, Massachusetts)" by cmh2315fl

    #46: Hampden County (Central)--Springfield

    Population: 154,079 (61,693 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 4.7% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 0.7% of all commuters

  • "The Back Bay" by April Killingsworth
    9/ "The Back Bay" by April Killingsworth

    #45: Boston City--Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Charlestown, East Boston, Central & South End

    Population: 156,535 (89,801 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 7.0% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 1.2% of all commuters

  • "Union Station (Worcester, Massachusetts)" by cmh2315fl
    10/ "Union Station (Worcester, Massachusetts)" by cmh2315fl

    #44: Worcester County (Central)--Worcester

    Population: 184,509 (83,822 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 9.5% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 3.0% of all commuters

  • "USA_Massachusets_Fall_River_Lizzie_Borden_1" by Stewart Robotham
    11/ "USA_Massachusets_Fall_River_Lizzie_Borden_1" by Stewart Robotham

    #43: Bristol County (Central)--Fall River & Somerset

    Population: 106,176 (44,971 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 9.5% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 3.5% of all commuters

  • "Lowell, Massachusetts" by Jasperdo
    12/ "Lowell, Massachusetts" by Jasperdo

    #42: Middlesex County (Far Northeast)--Lowell

    Population: 110,572 (54,328 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 9.5% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 2.3% of all commuters

  • "Lawrence, Massachusetts" by Lei Han
    13/ "Lawrence, Massachusetts" by Lei Han

    #41: Essex County (Northwest)--Lawrence, Haverhill & Methuen

    Population: 193,006 (88,930 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 9.0% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 3.1% of all commuters

  • "Eastern Middlesex County Second District Court (Waltham, Massachusetts)" by cmh2315fl
    14/ "Eastern Middlesex County Second District Court (Waltham, Massachusetts)" by cmh2315fl

    #40: Middlesex County--Waltham, Lexington, Burlington, Bedford & Lincoln

    Population: 145,978 (73,333 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 8.6% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 1.8% of all commuters

  • "New Bedford, Massachusetts" by Lee Wright
    15/ "New Bedford, Massachusetts" by Lee Wright

    #39: Bristol County (South)--New Bedford & Fairhaven

    Population: 111,986 (48,142 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 10.9% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 5.2% of all commuters

  • "Apponegansett Friends' Meeting House (1790), Dartmouth Massachusetts, 1990" by Phillip Carter
    16/ "Apponegansett Friends' Meeting House (1790), Dartmouth Massachusetts, 1990" by Phillip Carter

    #38: Bristol (Outside New Bedford) & Plymouth (South) Counties

    Population: 107,196 (50,663 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 10.7% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 4.4% of all commuters

  • "Attleboro, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr
    17/ "Attleboro, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr

    #37: Attleboro, North Attleborough, Swansea, Seekonk, Rehoboth & Plainville

    Population: 130,363 (69,162 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 12.3% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 5.1% of all commuters

  • "The Town Hall" by Jimmy Emerson, DVM
    18/ "The Town Hall" by Jimmy Emerson, DVM

    #36: Peabody, Danvers, Reading, North Reading & Lynnfield

    Population: 135,054 (67,350 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 11.7% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 2.1% of all commuters

  • "Northborough, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr
    19/ "Northborough, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr

    #35: Worcester County (East Central)

    Population: 124,097 (60,090 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 14.2% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 5.9% of all commuters

  • "Leominster, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr
    20/ "Leominster, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr

    #34: Worcester County (Northeast)--Leominster, Fitchburg & Gardner

    Population: 119,643 (57,173 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 14.8% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 4.4% of all commuters

  • "Salem, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr
    21/ "Salem, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr

    #33: Essex County (East)--Salem, Beverly, Gloucester & Newburyport

    Population: 202,512 (98,799 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 20.0% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 4.7% of all commuters

  • "Plymouth County Courthouse by cmh2315fl
    22/ "Plymouth County Courthouse by cmh2315fl

    #32: Plymouth County (East)--Plymouth, Marshfield, Scituate, Duxbury & Kingston

    Population: 135,760 (64,067 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 21.0% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 6.9% of all commuters

  • "Northampton, Massachusetts" by 6SN7
    23/ "Northampton, Massachusetts" by 6SN7

    #31: Hampden (West & East) & Hampshire (South) Counties--Northampton

    Population: 150,125 (70,548 commuters)

    Median commute time: 25 to 29 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 6.7% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 2.4% of all commuters

  • "MIT Stata Center" by Gunnar Klack
    24/ "MIT Stata Center" by Gunnar Klack

    #30: Middlesex County (East)--Cambridge

    Population: 110,644 (58,382 commuters)

    Median commute time: 25 to 29 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 6.6% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 1.2% of all commuters

  • "garages" by David Salafia
    25/ "garages" by David Salafia

    #29: Boston--Allston, Brighton & Fenway

    Population: 111,437 (56,015 commuters)

    Median commute time: 25 to 29 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 8.9% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 1.6% of all commuters

  • "abandoned caboose" by Robert Fuhro
    26/ "abandoned caboose" by Robert Fuhro

    #28: Worcester County (West Central)

    Population: 121,122 (56,723 commuters)

    Median commute time: 25 to 29 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 11.8% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 3.7% of all commuters

  • "Webster, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr
    27/ "Webster, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr

    #27: Worcester County (South)

    Population: 156,649 (76,845 commuters)

    Median commute time: 25 to 29 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 13.2% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 2.5% of all commuters

  • "OK, not really flat. But weird!" by nsub1
    28/ "OK, not really flat. But weird!" by nsub1

    #26: Woburn, Melrose, Saugus, Wakefield & Stoneham

    Population: 142,821 (75,296 commuters)

    Median commute time: 25 to 29 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 12.9% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 1.5% of all commuters

  • Jonathan Bowen
    29/ Jonathan Bowen

    #25: Plymouth & Norfolk Counties--Brockton, Stoughton & Avon

    Population: 128,723 (60,264 commuters)

    Median commute time: 25 to 29 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 15.7% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 3.9% of all commuters

  • "Billerica, Massachusetts" by Doug Ker
    30/ "Billerica, Massachusetts" by Doug Ker

    #24: Billerica, Andover, Tewksbury & Wilmington

    Population: 131,002 (65,178 commuters)

    Median commute time: 25 to 29 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 15.9% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 3.4% of all commuters

  • "Swampscott Fishermans Beach" by iluvgadgets
    31/ "Swampscott Fishermans Beach" by iluvgadgets

    #23: Essex County (South)--Lynn, Swampscott & Nahant

    Population: 111,590 (51,827 commuters)

    Median commute time: 25 to 29 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 16.1% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 4.1% of all commuters

  • "East Bridgewater, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr
    32/ "East Bridgewater, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr

    #22: Plymouth & Bristol Counties (Outside Brockton)

    Population: 121,405 (61,569 commuters)

    Median commute time: 25 to 29 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 17.1% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 4.6% of all commuters

  • "DSC_3638_edited-1" by bradford219
    33/ "DSC_3638_edited-1" by bradford219

    #21: Middlesex County--Watertown Town, Arlington, Belmont & Winchester

    Population: 129,353 (66,155 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 9.5% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 1.1% of all commuters

  • "Brookline, Massachusetts" by Claudia Zimmer
    34/ "Brookline, Massachusetts" by Claudia Zimmer

    #20: Middlesex (Southeast) & Norfolk (Northeast) Counties--Newton & Brookline

    Population: 148,172 (69,855 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 8.5% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 1.0% of all commuters

  • "South Boston, October 21, 2010" by Bill Ilott
    35/ "South Boston, October 21, 2010" by Bill Ilott

    #19: Boston--Dorchester & South Boston

    Population: 129,231 (74,428 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 10.4% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 2.3% of all commuters

  • "DSC_4671.JPG" by Chris Devers
    36/ "DSC_4671.JPG" by Chris Devers

    #18: Middlesex County (East)--Somerville & Everett

    Population: 127,664 (78,653 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 10.1% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 2.7% of all commuters

  • "Framingham, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr
    37/ "Framingham, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr

    #17: Middlesex County (South)--Framingham, Marlborough & Natick

    Population: 147,410 (79,256 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 12.1% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 2.4% of all commuters

  • "Wellesley Town Hall (Wellesley, Massachusetts)" by cmh2315fl
    38/ "Wellesley Town Hall (Wellesley, Massachusetts)" by cmh2315fl

    #16: Norfolk (Northeast) & Middlesex (Southeast) Counties (West of Boston)

    Population: 113,021 (44,673 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 11.6% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 2.6% of all commuters

  • "Jamaica Plain, Hyde Square" by Soe Lin
    39/ "Jamaica Plain, Hyde Square" by Soe Lin

    #15: Boston--Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale & West Roxbury

    Population: 138,867 (72,717 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 12.4% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 2.6% of all commuters

  • "Westford, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr
    40/ "Westford, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr

    #14: Middlesex County (Outside Lowell)

    Population: 116,351 (59,607 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 14.5% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 4.2% of all commuters

  • "Taunton, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr
    41/ "Taunton, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr

    #13: Bristol County--Taunton, Mansfield, Norton, Raynam, Dighton & Berkley

    Population: 122,791 (65,091 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 14.6% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 3.8% of all commuters

  • "West Concord, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr
    42/ "West Concord, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr

    #12: Middlesex (West Central) & Worcester (East) Counties

    Population: 127,003 (59,086 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 15.3% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 4.4% of all commuters

  • "Malden - First Baptist Church" by Michael Femia
    43/ "Malden - First Baptist Church" by Michael Femia

    #11: Middlesex County (East)--Malden & Medford

    Population: 118,043 (63,873 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 15.4% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 3.0% of all commuters

  • Jonathan Bowen
    44/ Jonathan Bowen

    #10: Norfolk County (Central)--Randolph, Norwood, Dedham, Canton & Holbrook

    Population: 120,853 (59,967 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 16.2% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 2.9% of all commuters

  • "Fitchburg, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr
    45/ "Fitchburg, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr

    #9: Worcester & Middlesex Counties (Outside Leominster, Fitchburg & Gardner)

    Population: 111,862 (54,040 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 16.1% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 3.3% of all commuters

  • "Fort Hill Tower" by Devin Ford
    46/ "Fort Hill Tower" by Devin Ford

    #8: Boston--Mattapan & Roxbury

    Population: 136,191 (57,862 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 16.5% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 4.6% of all commuters

  • "Revere Public Library (Revere, Massachusetts" by cmh2315fl
    47/ "Revere Public Library (Revere, Massachusetts" by cmh2315fl

    #7: Suffolk County (North)--Revere, Chelsea & Winthrop

    Population: 111,969 (56,696 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 17.2% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 3.6% of all commuters

  • "Amesbury, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr
    48/ "Amesbury, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr

    #6: Essex County (Central)--Amesbury

    Population: 114,393 (53,337 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 17.9% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 5.0% of all commuters

  • "Pembroke, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr
    49/ "Pembroke, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr

    #5: Plymouth County (Central)

    Population: 117,321 (60,784 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 19.9% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 7.4% of all commuters

  • "Weymouth, Massachusetts 02188" by Jimmy Emerson, DVM
    50/ "Weymouth, Massachusetts 02188" by Jimmy Emerson, DVM

    #4: Weymouth, Braintree, Hingham, Hull & Cohasset

    Population: 135,435 (64,163 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 20.7% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 5.4% of all commuters

  • "IMG_0758" by WileyCox
    51/ "IMG_0758" by WileyCox

    #3: Norfolk County (Northeast)--Quincy & Milton

    Population: 121,039 (61,960 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 20.5% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 4.8% of all commuters

  • "Hopkinton, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr
    52/ "Hopkinton, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr

    #2: Middlesex (Far Southwest), Norfolk (Northwest) & Worcester (Far East) Counties

    Population: 123,299 (61,923 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 22.3% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 6.2% of all commuters

  • "Franklin, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr
    53/ "Franklin, Massachusetts" by Doug Kerr

    #1: Norfolk County (Southwest)--Greater Franklin

    Population: 132,739 (65,244 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 22.8% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 7.0% of all commuters

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