July 23, 2016

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How does your commute time to work compare?

One of the big reasons so many urban dwellers pack up and move to suburban counties such as Medina is the wide open spaces. But there is a downside: a little longer commute to work.

Workers in Ohio’s three largest urban counties — Cleveland’s Cuyahoga, Columbus’ Franklin and Cincinnati’s Hamilton — all have average commute times less than the national average of 25.5 minutes.

Workers returning home to Medina County on Tuesday evening make up much of the westbound traffic on state Route 18 at the Interstate 71 interchange. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

In contrast, Medina residents spend an average of 26.5 minutes getting to work, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The report, released Tuesday, also shows how many workers commute outside the county where they live.

Nationally, about 27.4 percent of all workers traveled outside the county for work during a typical week, compared with 26.7 percent in 2000.

A much bigger share of Medina County’s workers — nearly 54 percent of the county’s nearly 85,000 employed residents — regularly cross county lines to get to their jobs, according to the report.

Cuyahoga County is the destination of about a third of all Medina County’s workers, followed by Summit County, 12 percent, and Lorain County, 2.5 percent.
The survey also has information on workers who travel far for work.

Ohio has comparatively few long-distance workers, with only 5 percent of the state’s residents spending an hour or more to get to work. The national average is around 8 percent.

About 8.1 percent of U.S. workers have commutes of 60 minutes or longer, 4.3 percent work from home, and nearly 600,000 full-time workers had “megacommutes” of at least 90 minutes and 50 miles.

The average one-way daily commute for workers across the country is 25.5 minutes, and 1 in 4 commuters leaves his or her county to work.

The commuting times come from the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey, which provides local statistics on a variety of topics for even the smallest communities.

Contact David Knox at (330) 721-4065 or dknox@medina-gazette.com.