Even if your commute is just around the corner, the amount of time you spend schlepping to and from the office every day can clock in at a shockingly high number over the course of a year. And sure, traffic in Los Angeles is bad and getting around in subway problem-plagued New York City can be a downright nightmare, but you might be surprised by how similarly lengthy many peoples' commutes are around the country.
Using the most recent data estimates from the American Community Survey (which is conducted by the US Census Bureau), we put together a map highlighting the average commute time in minutes, for every state. In many ways, it reveals some surprising intel. For instance South Dakotans may have the lowest commute time of any state, but the average worker there spends over 16 minutes twice a day traveling to and from work. That means their commute eats up more than two hours and 40 minutes a week, or nearly six full days in a given year.
Meanwhile, the state with the longest commute is New York, where the average worker travels 33.4 minutes twice per day. Over the course of a year, that means they will spend over a week and five days en route to and from their daily grind. That is a hell of a long time.
If you're curious where your state fell on the list -- or are on the prowl for a place where commutes are relatively short, here's how things shake out from longest to shortest travel times.