The City With the Longest Commute Time in Every State

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FinanceBuzz analyzed commute times in every city in the U.S. to find out which states’ workers spend the most time driving to and from their jobs.
Updated July 6, 2023
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The percentage of people working from home has more than tripled since the pandemic began, going from 5.7% to 17.9% of workers. But even after such a drastic increase, more than four out of five workers still commute to work every day.

How long commute times take influences millions of Americans across the country, including where they live, when they wake up, the kind of car they drive, and more.

We wanted to see which states’ workers have the longest and shortest commute times. To find out, the FinanceBuzz team analyzed census data from hundreds of cities across the country.

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Key findings

  • Poinciana, Florida, has the longest commute time in the U.S., at 43.2 minutes on average.
  • Sioux Falls has the longest average commute time in South Dakota, at a still-short 16.7 minutes. That’s the shortest longest commute time of any state.
  • Among cities with the longest commute times across all 50 states and Washington, D.C., the average commute time is 27.1 minutes.
  • Kentucky is the only state where two cities tied for the longest average commute time: Lexington and Louisville each average 20.8 minutes.

Cities with the longest commutes in the U.S.

There are three states where the city with the longest commute has a time over 40 minutes. Florida leads the way here, as workers in Poinciana spend 43.2 minutes commuting to and from work on average. This time could be influenced by workers commuting to Orlando, Florida.

In Apple Valley, California, the average worker commutes for 42.6 minutes — that’s the longest in the state.

Finally, San Tan Valley, Arizona, has the longest commute time in the state at 40.6 minutes, possibly because this city is located about 47 miles outside Phoenix.

A map of the United States showing a range of average commute times and which city in each state has the longest commute times.


While fewer than 40 minutes, there are 13 states with cities where commute times average more than half an hour. This includes some of the biggest cities in the U.S., such as New York City (39.8 minutes), Chicago (32.2 minutes), and Philadelphia (31.1 minutes).

On the other end of the spectrum, some cities with the “longest” commute times in their state get off easy. Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has the longest commute time in the state at just 16.7 minutes. That’s 2.5 times shorter than the average commute time in Poinciana, and the shortest time of any state’s top-ranking city.

Several other cities in or near the Great Plains region have longest average commute times of less than 20 minutes, including:

  • Fargo, North Dakota (17.7 minutes)
  • Billings, Montana (17.7 minutes)
  • Cheyenne, Wyoming (18.7 minutes)

Three other cities rank number one in their respective states while still having average commute times under 20 minutes:

  • Anchorage, Alaska (19.1 minutes)
  • Omaha, Nebraska (19.2 minutes)
  • Davenport, Iowa (19.3 minutes)

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Methodology

FinanceBuzz collected U.S. Census data for the mean commute times of more than 600 cities in the United States. Using that data, we were able to determine the city in each state where the commute time was highest.

Full list

State City with longest commute time Commute time (in minutes)
Alabama Hoover 24.2
Alaska Anchorage 19.1
Arizona San Tan Valley 40.6
Arkansas Conway 23.8
California Apple Valley 42.6
Colorado Thornton 34.8
Connecticut Danbury 32.7
Delaware Wilmington 21.7
District of Columbia Washington 28.3
Florida Poinciana 43.2
Georgia South Fulton 32.7
Hawaii Honolulu 20.6
Idaho Nampa 22.1
Illinois Chicago 32.2
Indiana Noblesville 28.3
Iowa Davenport 19.3
Kansas Kansas City 22.9
Kentucky Lexington/Louisville (tie) 20.8
Louisiana Kenner 25.4
Maine Portland 20.8
Maryland Waldorf 38.2
Massachusetts Malden 33.6
Michigan Detroit 25.5
Minnesota Blaine 27.3
Mississippi Gulfport 24
Missouri Lee's Summit 23.2
Montana Billings 17.7
Nebraska Omaha 19.2
Nevada Sunrise Manor 26.8
New Hampshire Nashua 23.4
New Jersey Jersey City 34
New Mexico Rio Rancho 30.1
New York New York City 39.8
North Carolina Concord 25.2
North Dakota Fargo 17.7
Ohio Lorain 24.2
Oklahoma Edmond 23.8
Oregon Gresham 29
Pennsylvania Philadelphia 31.1
Rhode Island Pawtucket 24.5
South Carolina Rock Hill 26.3
South Dakota Sioux Falls 16.7
Tennessee Clarksville 25.6
Texas Atascocita 34.9
Utah South Jordan 24.6
Vermont Burlington 23.1
Virginia Dale City 35.9
Washington South Hill 32.7
West Virginia Bluefield 26.1
Wisconsin Appleton 22.6
Wyoming Cheyenne 18.7

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Author Details

Josh Koebert Josh Koebert is an experienced content marketer that loves exploring how personal finance overlaps with topics such as sports, food, pop culture, and more. His work has been featured on sites such as CNN, ESPN, Business Insider, and Lifehacker.