The Yearly Cost of Commuting

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Americans spend an average of 45 minutes every day commuting to and from work at an average cost of $12 per day. That works out to 187 hours and $3,000 annually, according to a survey commissioned by Citibank.

The majority of U.S. consumers (60%) said their commuting costs have increased over the last five years, with 79% indicating that the cost of gas was the biggest factor.

That’s because Americans overwhelmingly prefer to drive to work, with 77% using their own cars for the daily commute. Only 23% said they regularly use public transportation. Commuting by bus was the most common public transportation option, followed by subway and commuter train.

The survey found that commuting trends vary among major U.S. cities. The national average cost of a daily round-trip commute is $12.

Los Angeles had the highest daily round-trip cost: $16. Chicago and San Francisco were the lowest, at $11.

New Yorkers have the longest commutes, with an average commute time of 73 minutes; 44% commute for over an hour.

In comparison, commute length averaged roughly an hour in Chicago (64 minutes), San Francisco (56 minutes) and Los Angeles (55 minutes). Miami had the shortest commute among cities polled, with an average commute time of 49 minutes.