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Austin drivers stuck with one of the worst commute times in the country

Austin drivers stuck with one of the worst commute times in U.S.

Downtown Austin rush hour traffic
Austin drivers will spend almost nine days commuting this year. Photo by typhoonski/Getty Images

Now this is a list we don't want to top. Drivers in the Austin-Round Rock area will spend more time commuting to and from work in 2019 than the average American, according to a report from

Those drivers spend 26.4 minutes a day on one-way trips and 52.8 minutes on round trips, the report says. Researchers project area drivers will spend almost nine full days (8.9) commuting this year. Meanwhile, the average American will spend only 7.4 days making the same trips.

The report's calculation begins with the average person working a five-day work week, which amounts to 260 days a year. Researchers then subtracted about 17 days for how long the average person spends on vacation per year (based on a 2018 study). Lastly, researchers used average daily commute data from the U.S. Census Bureau for nearly 1,000 cities around the country to make their projections.

Commuters in Texas' other major metros fare about the same as Austin-Round Rock. According to the study, drivers in the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metro area will spend 9.95 days commuting, and Dallas-Plano-Irving area residents will spend 9.41 days on the road. Fort Worth-Arlington residents will spend 9.31 days commuting, and San Antonio-New Braunfels will spend 8.67 days making the same trips.

The distinction of worst commute in Texas goes to the surprising cities of Athens and Bonham, both projected to spend 9.98 days commuting this year. Drivers in Vernon log the shortest commute times in the state, averaging 13-minute one-way trips and 26-minute round trips for a projected 4.38 days for the year.

The East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania metro area clocks in with the worst commute time in the country: 38.6 minutes for one-way trips and 77.2 minutes on round trips, totaling a hefty 13 days lost on the road.