The daily commute is a fact of life for the majority of Americans. While traffic is a headache that plagues residents of most densely populated cities, according to a recent poll, this is most apparent in the nation's capital.


At an average of just over 31 minutes each way, the Washington, D.C. metro area has the longest commute time in the U.S., human resources firm TriNet revealed. Following closely is New York City at approximately 30 minutes.

San Diego had the shortest average one-way commute at approximately 24 minutes. Atlanta, San Francisco and Chicago tied for second shortest at just under 28 minutes, according to the report.

There were several contributing factors to the length of commute times, including population density, traffic congestion, and demographic variables. For example, married couples tend to live in homes located outside the city, which added approximately two-and-a-half minutes to the average married person's commute.

The study also found an association between commute times and age. For example, baby boomers — individuals aged 49 and older — had the longest average commute time at just over 31 minutes. Meanwhile, millennials between the ages of 22 and 31 spent the shortest time behind the wheel when commuting to work.


Trinet analyzed more than 8,800 client firms and more than 230,000 worksite employees in the United States.

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