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Ranking the worst commutes in Baltimore

  • 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. Stacker ranked each area by median one-way commute time while including insights into the percentage of commuters with more than 60- and 90-minute journeys.

    Stacker begins the list at #23 and ends it with the worst commute in Baltimore, where over 21% of commuters travel more than an hour and a special 6% make mega-commutes.

    Read on to see where your area ranked among the worst commutes in Baltimore.

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  • #23: Baltimore County — Towson (East and Central), Parkville, and Carney

    - Population: 121,234 (57,673 commuters)
    - Median commute time: 20–24 min.
    - Over 60-min. commute: 8.2% of all commuters
    - Over 90-min. commute: 2.7% of all commuters

  • #22: Baltimore City — Inner Harbor, Canton, and Bayview

    - Population: 135,051 (64,466 commuters)
    - Median commute time: 20–24 min.
    - Over 60-min. commute: 11% of all commuters
    - Over 90-min. commute: 4.1% of all commuters

  • #21: Baltimore City — Guilford, Roland Park, and Druid Lake

    - Population: 110,573 (46,012 commuters)
    - Median commute time: 20–24 min.
    - Over 60-min. commute: 11.1% of all commuters
    - Over 90-min commute: 5.6% of all commuters

  • #20: Howard County (East) — Columbia (East), Ellicott (Southeast), and Elkridge

    - Population: 181,040 (92,780 commuters)
    - Median commute time: 20–24 min.
    - Over 60-min. commute: 11.7% of all commuters
    - Over 90-min. commute: 3% of all commuters

  • #19: Queen Anne's, Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, and Kent Counties

    - Population: 171,045 (77,811 commuters)
    - Median commute time: 20–24 min.
    - Over 60-min. commute: 14.6% of all commuters
    - Over 90-min. commute: 5.9% of all commuters

  • #18: Anne Arundel County (North) — Glen Burnie, Pasadena, Ferndale, and Brooklyn Park

    - Population: 120,315 (61,485 commuters)
    - Median commute time: 25–29 min.
    - Over 60-min. commute: 6.7% of all commuters
    - Over 90-min. commute: 2.6% of all commuters

  • #17: Baltimore County — Dundalk, Essex, and Edgemere

    - Population: 118,947 (49,944 commuters)
    - Median commute time: 25–29 min.
    - Over 60-min. commute: 7.5% of all commuters
    - Over 90-min. commute: 2.1% of all commuters

  • #16: Baltimore County — Pikesville (South), Lochearn, Cockeysville, and Mays Chapel

    - Population: 118,450 (55,388 commuters)
    - Median commute time: 25–29 min.
    - Over 60-min. commute: 7.4% of all commuters
    - Over 90-min. commute: 3.4% of all commuters

  • #15: Baltimore County — Catonsville, Woodlawn, and Arbutus

    - Population: 108,665 (55,736 commuters)
    - Median commute time: 25–29 min.
    - Over 60-min. commute: 9% of all commuters
    - Over 90-min. commute: 1.6% of all commuters

  • #14: Harford County (South and East) — Aberdeen and Havre de Grace

    - Population: 113,297 (56,031 commuters)
    - Median commute time: 25–29 min.
    - Over 60-min. commute: 9.7% of all commuters
    - Over 90-min. commute: 4.4% of all commuters

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