Missouri County Commuting

Commuter Traffic Five year estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey provide insight into how Missourians travel to work and the time it takes them to get there.

The 2008 to 2012 five-year average commuting time of the 2,747,695 workers age 16 or older in Missouri was 23.2 minutes. Missourians have a slightly shorter commute time compared to the national average of 25.4 minutes.

Hickory County had the highest commute time in Missouri with 34.7 minutes. Other counties with high average commute times were Ray (31.9), Benton (34.1), Montgomery (29.8), and Crawford (29.6).

Contributing to Missourians' commute time may be the fact that 29.0 percent of Missouri workers age 16 or older travel outside of their county of residence for work. Missouri ranked 9th highest among the states for the percentage of workers who are employed outside their county of residence and above the U.S. average of 23.7 percent. Virginia (42.8 percent) had the highest percentage of workers employed outside their home county. Andrew County, Missouri had the highest percentage employed outside the county with 72.1 percent commuting outside the county for employment.

2008-2012 Five-Year Average
Percent of Residents Employed Outside of Home County

Missour Map of Percentage of Workers Who Work Outside the County

The majority of Missouri workers traveled for work from 2008 to 2012. Over 81 percent of Missouri workers over age 16 traveled to work by car, truck or van alone during this time. On average in the U.S., over 76 percent of workers traveled to work by car, truck or van alone. For those commuters that drove to work in Missouri, almost eleven percent chose to carpool. The majority of carpools were two person carpools for both Missouri and the US.

Carpooling by car, truck or van was most popular in Hawaii where 19.0 percent of workers carpooled from 2008 to 2012. In Missouri, over one in ten workers carpooled, slightly lower than the national carpooling average. In Missouri, Crawford County had the highest average for carpooling at 27.3 percent.

Capooling Missouri Map

The District of Columbia had the greatest use of public transportation Public Transportationto work from 2008 to 2012, with 38.6 percent of workers using public transportation. In Missouri, 1.3 percent of workers traveled to work on public transportation, below the U.S. average of 5.0 percent. Public transportation includes traveling by bus, trolley, streetcar, subway, railroad or ferryboat. It does not include traveling by taxicab.

Car Pooling Tips

-      Set a Drivers Schedule. Make sure everyone has a list with each carpooler's home and work phone numbers in case of illness or emergency. 

-      Find a convenient meeting place for everyone, like a Park & Ride lot, or pick each person up at home.

-      Set a few rules, like:

-     Decide upfront on costs. If you share the driving equally, you don't have to exchange money. If one person drives, divide the cost among the passengers.

-     Make sure the vehicle is in good repair and insurance is up to date.

The following are links to programs that will help drivers find carpooling opportunities in Missouri:

MODOT Carpooling Information
Missouri Department of Transportation
Central Office
105 W. Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City, MO 65102
1-888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636)

 Source: 2008-2012 ACS American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates


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