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Ranking the worst commutes in Baltimore

  • Joseph Sohm
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    Ranking the worst commutes in Baltimore

    From standard I-95 congestion to the estimated 200,000 cars per day that hit the Woodlawn portion of the Beltway, Baltimore has its fair share of nightmare commutes.

    Across the U.S., the average one-way travel time to work for commuters now stands at 26.1 minutes, which amounts to nearly nine days of annual travel time for the typical 50-week work year. For the venerated “mega-commuters,” those with one-way treks of over 90-minutes, time spent journeying to work leaps to over 31 days per year.

    Using data from the recently-released 2016 American Community Survey, Stacker analyzed how daily commutes compare across the Baltimore area. Our analysis focused on the state’s 23 Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs), statistical geographic areas with populations of over 100,000, that make up the Baltimore metro. 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 #23 and slog our way to the worst commute in Baltimore, where over 21% of commuters travel more than an hour and a special 6.0% make mega-commutes. Read on to see where your area ranked among the worst commutes in Baltimore.

  • "Day 1 of 100 Project - September 23, 2012" by Austin Kirk Licensed by 2.0
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    #23: Baltimore County--Towson (East & Central), Parkville & Carney

    Population: 121,234 (57,673 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 8.2% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 2.7% of all commuters

  • "A Stormy Day Over Baltimore's Inner Harbor" by Geoff Livingston Licensed by CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
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    #22: Baltimore City--Inner Harbor, Canton & Bayview

    Population: 135,051 (64,466 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 11.0% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 4.1% of all commuters

  • "Druid Hill Park" by Artondra Hall Licensed by CC BY 2.0
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    #21: Baltimore City--Guilford, Roland Park & Druid Lake

    Population: 110,573 (46,012 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 11.1% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 5.6% of all commuters

  • "arch" by Jack Lyons Licensed by CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
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    #20: Howard County (East)--Columbia (East), Ellicott (Southeast) & Elkridge

    Population: 181,040 (92,780 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 11.7% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 3.0% of all commuters

  • "Greensboro, Maryland" by Doug Kerr Licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0
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    #19: Queen Anne's, Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester & Kent Counties

    Population: 171,045 (77,811 commuters)

    Median commute time: 20 to 24 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 14.6% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 5.9% of all commuters

  • "Brooklyn Park, Maryland - Baltimore to Philadelphia" by brewbooks Licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0
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    #18: Anne Arundel County (North)--Glen Burnie, Pasadena, Ferndale & Brooklyn Park

    Population: 120,315 (61,485 commuters)

    Median commute time: 25 to 29 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 6.7% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 2.6% of all commuters

  • "Cranes_19827" by Ferd Brundick Licensed by CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
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    #17: Baltimore County--Dundalk, Essex & Edgemere

    Population: 118,947 (49,944 commuters)

    Median commute time: 25 to 29 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 7.5% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 2.1% of all commuters

  • "Cockeysville, Maryland" by Ken Lund Licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0
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    #16: Baltimore County--Pikesville (South), Lochearn, Cockeysville & Mays Chapel

    Population: 118,450 (55,388 commuters)

    Median commute time: 25 to 29 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 7.4% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 3.4% of all commuters

  • "Snowfall 2014" by Aaron Coe Licensed by CC BY-ND 2.0
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    #15: Baltimore County--Catonsville, Woodlawn & Arbutus

    Population: 108,665 (55,736 commuters)

    Median commute time: 25 to 29 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 9.0% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 1.6% of all commuters

  • "Havre de Grace, Maryland" by Patrick Nouhailler Licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0
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    #14: Harford County (South & East)--Aberdeen & Havre de Grace

    Population: 113,297 (56,031 commuters)

    Median commute time: 25 to 29 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 9.7% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 4.4% of all commuters

  • "cemetary statue with mausoleum" by Ananda La Vita Licensed by CC BY-ND 2.0
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    #13: Baltimore City--Irvington, Ten Hills & Cherry Hill

    Population: 118,360 (51,606 commuters)

    Median commute time: 25 to 29 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 10.9% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 2.9% of all commuters

  • "Odenton Station" by Adam Moss Licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0
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    #12: Anne Arundel County (Northwest)--Severn, Odenton, Crofton & Fort Meade

    Population: 170,540 (82,795 commuters)

    Median commute time: 25 to 29 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 14.9% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 3.7% of all commuters

  • "Exit 19, Owings Mills, Interstate 695 Near Baltimore, Maryland" by Ken Lund by CC BY-SA 2.0
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    #11: Baltimore County--Randallstown (East), Owings Mills, Milford Mill & Reisterstown

    Population: 131,565 (65,777 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 8.2% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 2.1% of all commuters

  • "New house construction in Perry Hall" by Phil Romans Licensed by CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
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    #10: Baltimore County--Perry Hall, Middle River & Rosedale

    Population: 111,601 (57,253 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 8.8% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 2.6% of all commuters

  • "Rainbow over Afya Public Charter School" by Jake Slagle Licensed by CC BY-NC 2.0
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    #9: Baltimore City--Frankford, Belair-Edison & Loch Raven

    Population: 111,461 (52,306 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 12.3% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 3.8% of all commuters

  • "Barn at Wilde Lake" by Harry Fink Licensed by CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
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    #8: Howard County (West)--Columbia (West) & Ellicott (Northwest)

    Population: 136,193 (69,721 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 12.5% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 4.5% of all commuters

  • "N.C.R Trail" by Paul Ely Licensed by CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
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    #7: Baltimore County (Outer)

    Population: 120,564 (57,857 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 12.6% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 3.9% of all commuters

  • "Bel Air, Maryland" by Doug Kerr Licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0
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    #6: Harford County (North & West)--Bel Air Town, Fallston & Jarrettsville

    Population: 137,735 (64,788 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 13.7% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 2.8% of all commuters

  • "Mt Washington Starbucks" by zizzybaloobah Licensed by CC BY-NC 2.0
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    #5: Baltimore City--Sandtown-Winchester, Ashburton & Mount Washington

    Population: 139,219 (52,311 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 15.1% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 5.1% of all commuters

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    #4: Anne Arundel County (Central)--Severna Park, Arnold & Lake Shore

    Population: 135,109 (69,853 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30_to_34_min
    Over 60 minute commute: 15.8% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 3.2% of all commuters

  • "Annapolis, Maryland" by 1Flatworld Licensed by CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
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    #3: Anne Arundel County (Southeast)--Annapolis, Parole, Annapolis Neck & Edgewater

    Population: 142,382 (70,172 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 17.7% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 5.0% of all commuters

  • "Sudsville (New and Old)" by Dan Reed Licensed by CC BY-NC 2.0
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    #2: Prince George's County (Northwest)--New Carrollton & Hyattsville (Southeast)

    Population: 111,801 (59,337 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 18.7% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 3.9% of all commuters

  • "Carroll County Courthouse" by J. Stephen Conn Licensed by CC BY-NC 2.0
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    #1: Carroll County

    Population: 167,656 (81,202 commuters)

    Median commute time: 30 to 34 minutes
    Over 60 minute commute: 21.3% of all commuters
    Over 90 minute commute: 6.0% of all commuters

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