Erie Vital Signs

Transportation: Commute Times

Recent Performance

This pattern is good.

Erie County does quite well in terms of commuting times compared to all other benchmark areas. In 2013, the average one-way commute in Erie was18.6 minutes, approximately 28% less than the 25.8 minutes nationwide, and the 26.0 minute average for Pennsylvania. It was even 16% less than the 22.1 minute average for the 13 peer areas. To put this in perspective, compared to the U.S. average, Erie commuters save about 14.2 minutes per day, or about 62.4 hours per year! That’s the equivalent of a week and a half of extra vacation time.

The Basics

This indicator tells the average (mean) one-way commute time for all those in the area that work outside their home. A lower number is preferred.

Why It's Important

Shorter commute times imply a closer match-up between people’s residences and their workplaces. From the environmental viewpoint, that means less need to use fuel, and fewer emissions.

The Details

These data come from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Their data are based on a sample and are subject to sampling variability. Mean travel time to work (in minutes) is the average travel time that workers usually took to get from home to work (one way), for workers 16 years old and over who did not work at home. The travel time includes time spent waiting for public transportation, picking up passengers and carpools, and time spent in other activities related to getting to work. Mean travel time is rounded to the nearest tenth of a minute.

The Nitty-Gritty Details


None, but the ACS source presents data on the percents of commuters who spend various amounts of time commuting (less than 10 minutes, 10 to 14 minutes….60 minutes or more), and also the typical times they leave for work in the morning.




American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau. One-year estimates. Table S0801: Commuting Characteristics by Sex.

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