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Commuting to Work in Missouri

Traffic JamRecently released three-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 2005 to 2007 three-year average commuting time of the 2,714,722 workers age 16 or older in Missouri was 23.1 minutes. Missourians have a slightly shorter commute time compared to the national average of 25.1 minutes.

Washington County had the highest commute time in Missouri with 34.5 minutes. Other counties with an average commute time of more than 30 minutes were Lincoln (31.3), Ray (31.1), McDonald (30.1), and Jefferson (30.0).


Avarage Travel Time in Missouri
* Data available for counties with population of 20,000 or more.

Contributing to Missourians' commute time may be the fact that 29.4 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 23.6 percent. Virginia (43.5 percent) had the highest percentage of workers employed outside their home county.

The majority of Missouri workers traveled for work from 2005 to 2007. Just over 80 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., 76.1 percent of workers traveled to work by car, truck or van alone.

Subway Travel
Carpooling by car, truck or van was most popular in Hawaii where 15.6 percent of workers carpooled from 2005 to 2007. In Missouri, 10.4 percent of workers carpooled, just below the national three-year average of 10.6 percent.

The District of Columbia had the greatest use of public transportation to work from 2005 to 2007, with 37.8 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 4.8 percent.


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

Source: Census Bureau: 2005-2007 ACS American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates

 

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