Average commute time
What does this measure?
The average time, in minutes, it takes for a commuter to travel to the workplace.
Why is this important?
Travel time to work can indicate the availability of desirable and available housing near work areas. In addition, it is a general bellwether for traffic congestion and its related pollution.
How is our region performing?
The average commute time was 23 minutes in the region in 2010-14, slightly below the average travel time for the state and nation (24 minutes and 26 minutes, respectively). On average, Union County commuters spent the most time traveling to work (34 minutes) followed by Monroe and Roane commuters (both 27 minutes). The shortest travel times were recorded by Knox County commuters at 21 minutes on average. From 2000 to 2010-14, travel time decreased slightly or stayed the same in the region and in most counties, though three counties (Loudon, Monroe, and Union) experienced a modest increase.
Notes about the data
The multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census.