Traveling to Work in Missouri
Missourians' commuting time to work averages 23 minutes

Recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey provides insight into how Missourians get to work and how long it takes them to get there.

The average commuting time of the 2,671,219 workers age 16 or older in Missouri was 23.3 minutes in 2004, unchanged from 2003. Missourians have a slightly shorter than average commute time compared to the national average of 24.7 minutes. Workers in New York have the longest commute time of 30.6 minutes, while North Dakota workers have the shortest, at 15.4 minutes.

Contributing to Missourians' commute time may be the fact that 36.0 percent of Missouri workers age 16 or older travel outside of their county of residence for work. Missouri ranked 7th highest among the states for the percentage of workers who are employed outside their county of residence and above the U.S. average of 27.3 percent. More than half of Virginia workers (52.6 percent) work outside their home county.

The majority of Missouri workers traveled to work alone last year. Just over 82 percent of Missouri workers over age 16 traveled to work by car, truck or van alone in 2004. On average in the U.S., 77.7 percent of workers traveled to work by car, truck or van alone.

Carpooling by car, truck or van was most popular in Hawaii where 16.4 percent of workers carpooled in 2004. In Missouri, 9.0 percent of workers carpooled, just below the national average of 10.1 percent. The fewest percentage of workers carpooled in Massachusetts, at 7.2 percent.

The District of Columbia had the greatest use of public transportation to work in 2004, with 33.6 percent of workers using public transportation. In Missouri, 1.4 percent of workers traveled to work on public transportation, below the U.S. average of 4.6 percent.

Public transportation includes traveling by bus, trolley, streetcar, subway, railroad or ferryboat. It does not include traveling by taxicab.


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