The 'Indecency of Present Overcrowding'
Californians have good reason to complain about their commutes – they’re among the longest in the nation, according to a new report.
Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Overflow Data estimates that Californians spend an average of 28.9 minutes commuting to work each day. That gives the Golden State the fifth-worst commute times in the nation.
According to the report, the longest commutes are in New York, with an average of 33.1 minutes. The fastest are in North Dakota, with an average of 16.6 minutes. Along with New York, Maryland, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., all top California for bad commutes.
Oregon has an average commute time of 23.6 minutes, while Nevada clocks in at just 24.2 minutes. Arizona commutes average 25.1 minutes. Economic rival Texas fares better than California, at 26.3 minutes, though it also fares poorly in comparison to the rest of the U.S.
Legendarily bad Los Angeles traffic may account for a big chunk of California’s poor standing in the report, but sheer numbers also play a part. California has more drivers on the road than most states and more road miles than most other states, according to the Federal Highway Administration. It’s also just a much bigger state than most, meaning motorists spend more time on the road driving farther to and from work – for example, commuting from Sacramento and Davis to San Francisco.