You probably don’t need a study to tell you this, but Seattle’s commute times are getting worse.
A report by real estate blog Commercial Café found that commute times have increased seven minutes the past 10 years, to an average of 56.6 minutes per day. That adds an extra 31.2 hours per year in traffic. The reason? The city’s workforce has increased 26 percent the past 10 years. Seattle’s population has grown 24 percent, to more than 755,000 residents. The metro area counts 3.87 million people, the 15th-largest in the United States.
The traffic increase is the third-highest in the country since 2008, behind only San Jose – where commuters now spend 62.6 minutes in traffic every day, or an extra 47.7 percent hours in traffic – and San Francisco, where residents spent 67.6 hours in traffic daily, an extra 39 hours per year.
Not surprisingly, commute times are longest in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco. Residents of Oklahoma City, Memphis and Columbus, Ohio, spent the least amount of time commuting in 2017.
The cities where commute times decreased the most between 2008 and 2017 were Detroit, Memphis and Las Vegas.