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(KRON) — Have you ever thought that driving in the state of California is the most tedious? Well, according to a study by MoneyGeek, two cities in the North Bay, along with several other regions in California, are the absolute worst cities for commuters.

According to the study, residents of Vallejo and Fairfield, California, have the longest commutes of any U.S. metropolitan area.

According to MoneyGeek, drivers in Vallejo/Fairfield spend an average of 34 minutes commuting, typically driving 28 miles per hour. The factor that makes North Bay cities the worst commuter cities is the price of gas. According to the study, residents of Vallejo and Fairfield spend around $1,792 annually on gas. Commuters in Stockton are expected to spend just a dollar less per year, which is why the city ranks second.

rank Subway area score Average one-way commute time (minutes) Average speed during rush hour (mph) Accident rate in morning rush hour Annual gas costs
1. Vallejo-Fairfield, California 0.0 34 28 0.31 1,792 USD
2. Stockton-Lodi, California 5.2 35 28 0.20 1,791 USD
3. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 14.3 32 27 0.32 $1,099
4. Modesto, California 15.0 31 28 0.18 1,582 USD
5. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California 15.5 35 31 0.12 1,931 USD
6. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California 19.5 28 26 0.27 1,367 USD
7. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California 20.1 32 18 0.16 $1,042
8th. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 21.3 28 31 0.35 $1,243
9. Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 21.6 33 27 0.15 $1,133
10. Jacksonville, Florida 23.0 28 34 0.54 1,202 USD
Study: MoneyGeek Study

A total of six California metropolitan areas made the list of worst commutes: Vallejo-Fairfield, Stockton-Lodi, Modesto, Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, as well as another Bay Area region – the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara region.

The San Jose metro ranked sixth among cities with the worst commuter rates. Drivers face a 28-minute commute and spend an average of $1,367 annually on gas.


MoneyGeek used the U.S. Census, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other data to analyze the 124 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. The determining factors for the list are the average one-way commute time, average driving speed during rush hour, risk of a fatal car crash during the morning commute and annual gas cost in dollars for each metropolitan area.