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Austinites surprisingly don't spend that much time commuting to work

Austinites surprisingly don't spend that much time commuting to work

The Office of the New York City Comptroller recently released a report analyzing the average work week for the top 30 metro areas in the U.S. — and Austin came in at No. 11.

While Austinites spend an average of 47 hours and 21 minutes working per week, we only spend three hours and 54 minutes commuting. That's far less than Houston, Fort Worth, Dallas and even San Antonio. 

Houston and Fort Worth neared the top of the list, coming in at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively. Houstonians spend more than four and a half hours commuting every week, while Fort Worth residents spend four hours and 18 minutes getting to work.

Dallas ranks right behind the Capital City, working an average of 47 hours and 12 minutes each week. However, Dallasites spend 21 more minutes commuting than Austinites.

Topping the list is New York City. New Yorkers spend an average of 49 hours working, six of which are spent commuting. (We bet the lower deck of I-35 isn't looking so bad now. Just kidding, it's still terrible.) Rounding out the top three are San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Austin traffic highway I-35 congestion
In surprising news, Austinites don't spend that much time commuting. Courtesy photo