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(NEXSTAR) – If you’re stuck in traffic every morning and every evening, is it reassuring to know you’re not alone? The average American adult spends 219 hours – or more than nine full days – commuting each year, a new analysis from MoneyGeek found.

The personal finance website used data from the census, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and TomTom, as well as gas prices, to determine where commuters have the best and worst commutes.


As MoneyGeek found, six of the ten worst places for commuters are in California.

Not only do drivers in Vallejo, San Jose, Stockton, Modesto, and other California cities sit in traffic for long periods of time—although they do—but they also pay a fortune for it. Gas prices are high throughout California, and residents of more distant suburbs (like Vallejo and Fairfield) often have to drive longer distances to get to the office. (MoneyGeek included the cost of gas in its report, but not the cost of public transportation.)

To make matters worse, commuters who drive to work risk damage to their car – or their own safety – every time they get behind the wheel. But accident rates weren’t highest in California cities. According to MoneyGeek, drivers in Jacksonville, Florida; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and San Antonio, Texas were more likely to have an accident during their commute.

The study combined these factors – commute time, rush hour speed, accident rate and gas costs – to rank the nation’s 124 largest metropolitan areas. The 20 worst communities for commuters are:

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
11. San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 24.9 29 30 0.45 1,015 USD
12. Birmingham-Hoover, AL 25.1 29 32 0.25 1,161 USD
13. Baton Rouge, LA 25.3 29 29 0.48 $1,028
14. Charleston-North Charleston, SC 25.6 30 26 0.36 $941
15. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 27.5 33 23 0.21 $918
16. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 28.1 33 30 0.06 $1,492
17. Albuquerque, NM 28.4 27 34 0.45 1,167 USD
18. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington 28.5 31 20 0.10 1,066 US dollars
19. Worcester, MA-CT 28.8 31 29 0.10 $1,239
20. Port St. Lucie, Florida 29.1 31 27 0.15 $1,078
(Source: MoneyGeek)

If you’re looking for someone to be jealous of, look no further than Madison, Wisconsin. Drivers there benefit from low gas prices, rare accidents, and short commute times, earning the city the top spot in the best commute rankings.

The shortest average commute time overall was found in Wichita, Kansas. Meanwhile, drivers in the McAllen, Texas, metropolitan area pay the least for gas each year. The lowest cost of accidents was shared between Boulder, Colorado, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Trenton, New Jersey.