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What does Columbus’ average commute look like?

The average commute for a worker in Columbus is below the national average, and the amount of time spent traveling has declined over the past decade.

A highway Interstate 71 exit sign heading to Columbus, OH

Columbus commuters spend 43 minutes per day looking at signs like this.

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If you’re like the majority of American workers, you start your day by starting your engines. A recent study by LLC took a look at the American commute, and determined the average US worker spends 215.6 hours per year in transit.

How does Columbus’ commute compare to the rest of the US? It turns out CBUS is below the national average, ranking No. 127 out of the 170 most-populated cities in the US. Here’s how long the average Columbusite spent commuting in 2022:

  • 43 minutes per day, round trip (21.5 minutes in each direction)
  • 175.58 hours per year, the equivalent to 7.3 days

It also appears commuters in Columbus are spending slightly less time in traffic than they did in 2012. Since that year, the average commute has decreased by 0.2 minutes (or 0.47%).