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 2009 to 2013 five-year average commuting time of the 2,738,553 workers age 16 or older in Missouri was 23.1 minutes. Missourians have a slightly shorter commute time compared to the national average of 25.5 minutes.

Washington County had the highest commute time in Missouri with 33.1 minutes. Other counties with high average commute times were Hickory (32.6), Ray (31.2), Dallas (31.0), and Bates (28.5).

Contributing to Missourians' commute time may be the fact that 34.6 percent of Missouri workers age 16 or older travel outside of their county of residence* for work. Missouri ranked 11th highest among the states for the percentage of workers who are employed outside their county of residence, above the U.S. average of 27.5 percent working out of county. Virginia (51.8 percent) had the highest percentage of workers employed outside their home county. Andrew County, Missouri had the highest percentage employed outside the county with 75.7 percent commuting outside the county for employment.

2009-2013 Five-Year Average
Percent of Residents Employed in State but Outside of Home County

Missour Map of Percentage of Workers Who Work Outside the County

The majority of Missouri workers traveled for work from 2009 to 2013. Almost 82 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., 76 percent of workers traveled to work by car, truck or van alone. For those commuters that drove to work in Missouri, almost 10 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 14.4 percent of workers carpooled from 2009 to 2013. In Missouri, approximately one in ten workers carpooled, slightly lower than the national carpooling average. In Missouri, Reynolds County had the highest average for carpooling at 19.8 percent.

Capooling Missouri Map

Public TransportationThe District of Columbia had the greatest use of public transportation towork from 2009 to 2013, with 38.4 percent of workers using public transportation. In Missouri, 1.5 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: 2009-2013 ACS American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
*Out of County includes those commuters working in state but out of county plus those working out of state.



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