Community Life
Average Travel Time to Work


Average Travel Time to Work (in minutes)

What does this measure?

The average time, in minutes, it takes a commuter to travel to his or her workplace.

Why is this important?

Travel time to work can indicate the availability of desirable and available housing near work areas, as well as transportation options available to workers in a region. In addition, travel time is a general bellwether for traffic congestion, as well as air pollution and related health problems.

How is our region doing?

In 2014-18, the average travel time for MetroWest commuters was 31 minutes. This was an increase of 3 minutes since 2000. The region's average travel time was slightly higher than Massachusetts as a whole (30 minutes) and higher than the national average (27 minutes).

Among the region's counties, Norfolk had the longest commute time (34 minutes), followed by Middlesex (31) and Worcester (29). The longest commute times were in Sherborn (40 minutes), Boxborough (39 minutes), and Medfield, Holliston and Hopkinton (all 38 minutes), while the shortest was in Waltham (26 minutes). Natick had a slightly longer commute than MetroWest as a whole (33 minutes), while Framingham was slightly less (30).

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. Data for this indicator are expected to be released annually in December.

Average Travel Time to Work (in minutes)
United States262627
Acton town, Middlesex County313536
Ashland town, Middlesex County333335
Bedford town, Middlesex County242527
Bellingham town, Norfolk County313335
Boxborough town, Middlesex County323139
Carlisle town, Middlesex County333336
Concord town, Middlesex County293334
Dedham town, Norfolk County262930
Dover town, Norfolk County323436
Framingham city, Middlesex County272730
Franklin town, Norfolk County3436
Groton town, Middlesex County343335
Harvard town, Worcester County323235
Holliston town, Middlesex County323238
Hopkinton town, Middlesex County343538
Hudson town, Middlesex County252729
Lexington town, Middlesex County273032
Lincoln town, Middlesex County262531
Littleton town, Middlesex County303033
Marlborough city, Middlesex County262831
Maynard town, Middlesex County293030
Medfield town, Norfolk County353438
Medway town, Norfolk County323637
Milford town, Worcester County272930
Millis town, Norfolk County333336
Natick town, Middlesex County293133
Needham town, Norfolk County272931
Sherborn town, Middlesex County353440
Southborough town, Worcester County283232
Stow town, Middlesex County313032
Sudbury town, Middlesex County333235
Walpole town, Norfolk County303135
Waltham city, Middlesex County232426
Wayland town, Middlesex County313035
Wellesley town, Norfolk County242730
Westborough town, Worcester County273131
Westford town, Middlesex County302933
Weston town, Middlesex County273029
Westwood town, Norfolk County293235

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.

Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Decreasing
Reports of Domestic Violence Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Average Charitable Contribution Maintaining
Protected Land Not Applicable
Drug Poisoning Mortality Rate Increasing
Crimes Against People Decreasing
Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Total Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age/Gender Not Applicable
Seniors Living Alone Decreasing
People with Disabilities Maintaining
Change in Total Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
High-Tech Jobs Decreasing
Female to Male Earnings Ratio Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English, by Student Subgroup Not Applicable
Chronically Absent Students Decreasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Increasing
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Education Level Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Receiving Temporary Assistance Maintaining
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
80/20 Income Ratio Maintaining
Access to Financial Services, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Increasing
Homeownership Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Homeownership Increasing
Cost of Rent Not Applicable
Homelessness Increasing