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How Dallas-Fort Worth commute times look compared to other big cities

How Dallas-Fort Worth commute times look compared to other big cities

The Office of the New York City Comptroller recently released a report analyzing the average work week for the 30 largest American cities, and Dallas and Fort Worth rank Nos. 12 and 5, respectively.

In the report, "work week" comprises working hours plus commute time. Dallasites spend an average of 47 hours and 21 minutes working per week, and four hours and 15 minutes of that goes to the commute — which is the 12th longest on the list. Fort Worth commute time is the 10th longest of the 30 — four hours and 18 minutes — for a total work week of 48 hours and one minute, because people there are working an hour longer than their Dallas counterparts.

Houstonians have it the worst in Texas, ranking No. 4 overall. They work an average of 48 hours and 18 minutes each week and spend four hours and 33 minutes of that commuting. Austinites put in more hours than Dallasites, good enough for an overall ranking of 11, but, surprisingly, they are commuting only three hours and 54 minutes per week.

San Antonio professionals have about the same commute as those in Austin, at three hours and 57 minutes, for a total work week of 47 hours and one minute.

Topping the list is New York City. New Yorkers spend an average of 49 hours working, six of which are spent commuting. Rounding out the top three are San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

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Dallasites commute an average of four hours and 15 minutes per week. Courtesy photo