DFW Residents’ Commute Times Trend Down

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A new study has found that the share of Dallas-area residents with long commutes has decreased since 2019.

Using data from the U.S. Census, news outlet Axios calculated the proportion of people who have various commute times. This data did not include the increasing number of people working from home compared to 2019.

Between 2019 and 2022, the total number of workers in Dallas increased, but the number of workers commuting actually decreased from 3.5 million people in 2019 to 3.3 million people in 2022, according to Axios.

The data indicated that 9.3% of Dallas-area workers had a commute that was one hour or longer in 2019, compared to 8.1% of workers in 2022.

The percentage of Dallas-area workers with an hour or more commute time is lower than the national average of 8.5%, per Axios.

Conversely, the percentage of workers with a relatively short commute of 15 to 29 minutes increased over the three-year period.

In 2019, 35.6% of Dallas workers had a commute in this time range, while 36.8% of workers fell in that range in 2022.

This percentage is in line with the rest of the country, as 36.8% of U.S. workers reported commutes in that range as well, per Axios.

However, one Dallas suburb was ranked as one of the worst locations for commuters.

A study by SmartAsset found that Garland residents have the third-worst commute of any city in the country, trailing just two cities in California.

The study found that 86.1% of Garland residents commute to work, with an average commute time of roughly 30 minutes, an increase of 2.37% from 2016 to 2021. About 9.1% of Garland commuters have drives longer than an hour.

The only other Texas city in the top 10 for worst commutes was El Paso, which ranked seventh.

SmartAsset researchers evaluated six factors to determine the cities with the worst commutes for their residents: the average travel time to get to work, the percentage of workers who commute, the percentage of workers with a commute longer than 60 minutes, transportation as a percentage of income, the five-year change in average travel time, and the five-year change in the percentage of workers with a commute longer than 60 minutes.

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