BOSTON (CBS) – It’s a daily frustration for most people – the long ride to and from work.

According to the latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, the average commute time in Massachusetts is 24 minutes one way.

People living in Plymouth County have the longest ride at an average 32 minutes.

If you live in Middlesex or Worcester Counties the ride is about 27 minutes.

WBZ Radio’s Doug Cope reports

Who has the most time consuming commute to work in the greater Boston area?

Cohasset on the South Shore at 37 minutes for the average drive time.

The shortest commute times are on the islands.

Martha’s Vineyard is about 16 minutes, while Nantucket is 11.

Comments (16)
  1. Donna Drury says:

    I don’t know how the Census Bureau camer to that concluision but it must be based on where people live alone and without traffic as I travel in every day to Boston from the North in Tewksbury and the average “commuting time with traffic” is one (1) hour. Yes it can only take approximately 25 – 30 mins if there is no traffic at all on a weekend, but not during the week so not quite sure how they came to that conclusion.

    1. gmoore says:

      I agree with Donna, they didn’t chat with us. I live in Burlington and drive to Boston.
      It’s only 16 miles, but I also just happened to track my commute time for the last 2.75 years for a statistics project. The “average” depends what time of day you are traveling. Here are the averages in 15 minute increments:(first row is the time category, the second row is time in minutes, one way, burlington to boston.)

      06:37 06:52 07:07 07:22 07:37 07:52 08:07 08:22 08:37 08:52 09:07 09:22 09:37 09:52 10:07+

      35.4 36.2 39.1 45.6 44.6 43.8 45.9 44.7 41.0 37.9 33.8 31.3 28.7 23.5 22.0

  2. crashralph says:

    All I have to say is that the big dig was a big fail. Didn’t anybidy in the think tank take into account population growth when building the new roads???? Just saying commen sence seems pretty easy to me.

  3. giselle says:

    I travel South Natick to Worc for work everyday; its 45 mins one way – clearly the census bureau didnt care to actually talk to the people who live in the state.

  4. Ron says:

    75 – 90 minutes one way to get from Allston to Mattapan by the T.

  5. Karen says:

    Fall River to Winchester…way over an hour…24 to 128…I hate it…

  6. kate says:

    over an hour…..Danvers to Grafton

  7. Arlene says:

    Although I don’t drive–I take the bus and train–it takes me a good hour to get from Lynn to Boston. Where’s the Census Bureau getting their info? I wasn’t asked and I am certain that many, if not all, who replied before me weren’t asked.

  8. Gina says:

    As a former Californian who routinely had 2 hour commutes from home to work and then 2 more hours from work to home every day while living in both the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, I find it extremely humorous that while New Englanders take pride in their toughness regarding the weather, they also appear to be a bunch of wimps when it comes to commuting. ;o))) Give me my 40 minute commute here in MA anyday over that in CA!

    1. Fatty_Arbuckle says:

      Gina is a cawnt

  9. buildmeister says:

    I find it funny how people are complaining about this study. I have a long commute so why aren’t the numbers more representative of me? Really? Are statistics really that hard to understand? It obviously means you have a longer than average commute. I used to have a 60 minute commute one-way. It’s now down to a half hour. Yet just about everyone in my neighborhood has a commute 10-15 minutes. Heck, many people in my workplace have have a below average commute as well. I trust a group that probably has a stronger background in statistics and mathematics than a bunch of ornery commentators who probably were asking their high school math teacher, “Why do I need to learn this? I’ll never use it after I graduate.”

  10. giselle says:

    Gina – we are not complaining, we are responding to the inaccuracy of the Census Bureau’s data. Can a 40 min drive be frustrating? Yes, but that has nothing to do with the hardiness of New Englanders. There is only one person that expressed ‘hating it’ the rest of us wrote our travel times to prove that we were not involved with the census. Feel free to take your attitude back to Cali.

    1. buildmeister says:

      Giselle, how is the data incorrect? You have a long (by New England’s standards) commute, but you aren’t the only driver on the road. How is this data inaccurate other than saying you have a longer commute than the reported average?

  11. giselle says:

    I wrote two long respones neither of which have been posted, I am not going to type is all again. I know how statistics work, I know how statistics can be skewed, without knowing the group of people survey, but know the lenghth of my commute and the large group of people I work with, I can safely say the results are not 100% correct.

  12. gmoore says:

    after thinking about it, the numbers are probably correct. if you think about all the people who work in the next town over, they are “pulling down” the average from all the people who travel to boston or have to jump on roads that are just clogged.
    Here’s a link:
    that shows that large % of people have a short commute.
    and the age they include begins at 16.
    If there was a different study, average commute of people over College age who work in the major metropolitan area, then the numbers “could” represent the nightmare of us long commuters.

  13. Jess says:

    However long it takes for my commute, when I hear Doug Cope’s voice it’s very soothing.

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