Learn More: Commute Time


Variable Definition:
Average Commute Time: The average time it takes a worker to travel from his or her home to his or her workplace, measured in minutes

American Community Survey, 5 Year Estimates, Table S0801
Years Available:
2006-2010, 2007-2011, 2008-2012, 2009-2013, 2010-2014, 2011-2015, 2012-16, 2013-17, 2014-18
Geographic Unit:
Census Tract

Why is this Variable Important to Measure?

Average Commute Time
In recent years, drivers in Los Angeles spent more time in traffic than almost any other major city in the world. Long commute times have both monetary costs and physical and mental health costs to individuals. Individuals with longer commutes tend to spend more money on gas and have less time for other leisure or work activities. Traffic and long commutes may cause stress and adverse health effects from remaining sedentary throughout a commute. Long commute times may also be a barrier to employment for families who cannot afford childcare or gas and vehicle expenses.
On a neighborhood level, longer commute times could indicate a lack of access to employment in a neighborhood, or that the employment opportunities in a neighborhood and the skill sets of residents are not compatible.

"INRIX 2015 Traffic Scorecard Sets Benchmark for U.S. Cities as Federal Government Accelerates Smart City Spending." INRIX, 15 March 2016. Link
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