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After analyzing more than 600,000 commutes from the D.C. region, Geotab found that the average commute time is 50 minute. (Image: Getty Images)
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D.C. has the second worst commute in the country

Sitting in traffic. It's the bane of our existence, right? While we all take sick pleasure in whining about discussing our commutes, do we truly have the worst commutes, like we think we do?

Geotab conducted a new study ranking commute times and patterns over 20 U.S. cities including D.C. They examined data from more than 14 million commuters, calculating mean commute times from census tract areas across the U.S. traveling into 20 of the biggest cities in America.

After analyzing more than 600,000 commutes from the D.C. region, Geotab found that the average commute is *DRUM ROLL PLEASE*.

50 minutes across all modes of transportation.

I'm actually surprised it wasn't higher!

For public transit users, the average journey time is 50 minutes, while for drivers it’s just 41 minutes. D.C. ranked as the worst commute time for drivers, beating Boston and NYC by only one minute. D.C. was tied for fourth worst public transit commuting time at 50 minutes, ranking behind LA, Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, NYC, Orlando, Houston, San Diego, Chicago, Miami and Phoenix.

Only 19 percent of all commuters traveling to D.C. spend less than 30 minutes commuting: 29 percent of drivers take less than 30 minutes, but just 11 percent of public transit users can access the city within 30 minutes.

Lets break down the stats here:

D.C. by car

  • Average Commute: 41 minutes
  • Commuters: 316,655
  • Within 30 mins: 29 percent
  • Within 1 hour: 88 percent
  • Over 1 hour: 12 percent

D.C. by public transit

  • Average Commute: 50 minutes
  • Commuters: 239,980
  • Within 30 mins: 11 percent
  • Within 1 hour: 76 percent
  • Over 1 hour: 24 percent

All over statistics

  • Average Commute: 41 minutes
  • Commuters: 637,021
  • Within 30 mins: 19 percent
  • Within 1 hour: 83 percent
  • Over 1 hour: 17 percent

Happy commuting! Learn more at Geotab's website.

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