California Average Commute Time by County

Data Item State
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Average travel time to work for workers 16 years and over not working at home, 2006-2010 - (Minutes)
County Value
Alameda 27.9
Alpine 23.1
Amador 28.9
Butte 20.8
Calaveras 37.2
Colusa 22.4
Contra Costa 32.0
Del Norte 14.9
El Dorado 29.4
Fresno 21.5
Glenn 20.5
Humboldt 17.9
Imperial 19.2
Inyo 17.2
Kern 23.2
Kings 20.9
Lake 27.8
Lassen 17.9
Los Angeles 29.0
Madera 26.9
Marin 28.2
Mariposa 35.2
Mendocino 19.2
Merced 25.6
Modoc 18.2
Mono 18.4
Monterey 22.0
Napa 24.1
Nevada 24.1
Orange 25.9
Placer 27.0
Plumas 20.6
Riverside 31.7
Sacramento 25.8
San Benito 30.6
San Bernardino 29.3
San Diego 24.6
San Francisco 29.4
San Joaquin 29.7
San Luis Obispo 20.3
San Mateo 25.0
Santa Barbara 19.5
Santa Clara 24.2
Santa Cruz 25.7
Shasta 19.4
Sierra 27.4
Siskiyou 19.5
Solano 29.5
Sonoma 25.1
Stanislaus 26.5
Sutter 27.9
Tehama 22.7
Trinity 20.9
Tulare 20.9
Tuolumne 25.8
Ventura 25.4
Yolo 21.3
Yuba 28.8

Value for California (Minutes): 26.9

Data item: Average travel time to work for workers 16 years and over not working at home, 2006-2010

Source: U. S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 5-Year Estimates. Updated every year.


Travel time to work refers to the total number of minutes that it usually took the person to get from home to work each day during the reference week. The elapsed time includes time spent waiting for public transportation, picking up passengers in carpools, and time spent in other activities related to getting to work.

Data were tabulated for workers 16 years old and over--that is, members of the Armed Forces and civilians who were at work during the reference week--who reported that they worked outside their home.

Mean travel time to work is obtained by dividing the total number of minutes by the number of workers 16 years old and over who did not work at home. Mean travel time to work is rounded to the nearest tenth of a minute.

Scope and Methodology:

These data are collected in the American Community Survey (ACS). The data are estimates and are subject to sampling variability. The data for each geographic area are presented together with margins of error at The data are period estimates, that is, they represent the characteristics of the population and housing over a specific 60-month data collection period.

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