Commuting is not just a time suck. It can also be pricey — especially if you live in a Los Angeles 'burb. And NerdWallet wants to remind us just how bad we have it.
Palmdale, West Covina and Chino Hills ranked No. 1 among the worst Los Angeles-area cities for commuters, according to a new study from the consumer site. To determine the rankings, NerdWallet analyzed both the time and money those commutes cost us.
Gas prices are relatively similar across L.A.’s suburbs; there is only a 4-cent per gallon difference between the most expensive and the least expensive suburb. But because L.A.-area drivers spend so much time driving, even the smallest price discrepancies can add up to large financial costs, says NerdWallet.
The site ranked 70 cities, which can be found on the map below. Click on the circle to see details, such as average commute times, annual insurance premiums and gas prices.
Here's a breakdown:
- The average commute time for suburban Los Angeles workers is 28.44 minutes each way. On average, 76.54 percent of workers drive alone to work.
- The average car insurance premium for drivers in the Los Angeles area is $1,088.44. Gas averages $3.96 a gallon.
- On average, workers in Palmdale face a commute that is almost twice as long as workers in Indio. It takes Palmdale drivers 40.4 minutes to drive to work each way, whereas it takes Indio drivers only 21.8 minutes each way.
You can read its full report here.
WNYC took the same data from the U.S. Census Bureau to create this interactive map with more specific commute times based on zip codes.
Any of these stats surprise you? Where does your commute stack up against other Angelenos?