Here's what the average person spends on their commute annually in every state

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  • Commuting costs vary from state to state depending on what adults spend on both gasoline and transportation services.
  • Depending on the state, adults in the US can spend as low as $US2,000 or as high as $US5,000 annually on transportation.
  • Additionally, different states have different percentages for workers who drive, use public transportation, and other means to get to work each day.
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Americans know that commuting is costly. Annual transportation spending in the United States costs workers thousands each year.

Depending on the state, adults in the US can spend as little as $US2,000 or as much as $US5,000 annually on transportation. Many of these states include metro areas that qualify for the best US cities to commute from – and some of the worst.

Read more: Here’s the town in every US state with the longest average commute to work

INSIDER’s data team pulled information from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis to calculate transportation spending from adults in all 50 states, plus Washington, DC. The numbers reflect how much Americans adults in each state spend on gas and other transportation services, which include motor vehicle maintenance and repair, motor vehicle rentals, taxicabs, other road transportation, water transportation, intercity buses, intra-city mass transit, and air travel. It’s also important to note that even within the same state, the cost of commuting can vary significantly from city to city.

Additionally, we cited statistics from the US Census Bureau, whose 2017 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates show the mean travel time to work in every state. This most recent commuting data included the number of workers 16 years and older in each state, along with the percentage of this working population who drove alone, carpooled, used public transportation, walked to work, or worked from home.

Keep reading for a look at how much money people spent on commuting in each state, in order of least to greatest.


West Virginia: $US2,003.81

Sean Pavone/ShutterstockWest Virginia highways.

In West Virginia, transportation spending totaled just over $US2,000 annually per adult. A workforce of 711,997 people spent 26 minutes commuting to and from work on average.

Drove alone: 82.8%Carpooled: 9%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 0.9%Walked: 2.9%Other means: 1.1%Worked from home: 3.3%


Mississippi: $US2,141.44

Shutterstock‘Welcome to Mississippi’ road sign.

In Mississippi, transportation spending totaled over $US2,100 annually. The state’s 1,214,929 people spent an average of 24.9 each day commuting to work.

Drove alone: 85.5%Carpooled: 9.1%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 0.3%Walked: 1.4%Other means: 1.5%Worked from home: 2.3%


Alabama: $US2,178.20

Shutterstock/Andriy Blokhin‘Welcome to Sweet Home Alabama’ road sign.

Alabama’s transportation spending totaled over $US2,175 per year. The state’s 2,041,619 workers experienced travel times of 24.6 minutes per day.

Drove alone: 85.7%Carpooled: 8.5%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 0.4%Walked: 1.2%Other means: 1%Worked from home: 3.4%


Kentucky: $US2,200.03

Leigh Trail/ShutterstockA highway in Kentucky.

Transportation spending in Kentucky totaled just over $US2,200 annually. The state’s mean commute time totaled 23.3 minutes each day. Kentucky had 1,948,608 workers when the survey was completed.

Drove alone: 82%Carpooled: 9.4%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 1.1%Walked: 2.1%Other means: 1.5%Worked from home: 3.9%


Tennessee: $US2,222.31

AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, FileHeavy traffic moves away from and toward the downtown area of Nashville, Tennessee.

Transportation spending in Tennessee totaled over $US2,200 per year. Tennessee’s working individuals experienced average commute times of 25.1 minutes. The state’s workforce included 3,079,158 people.

Drove alone: 83.2%Carpooled: 8.8%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 0.6%Walked: 1.3%Other means: 1.2%Worked from home: 4.9%


North Carolina: $US2,243.04

Streeter Lecka / Staff/ Getty ImagesA car drives on a highway in North Carolina.

Transportation spending totaled over $US2,200 annually in North Carolina. Workers also spent an average of 24.9 minutes commuting, a slightly higher amount than its southern neighbour’s. Its workforce was nearly double that of South Carolina’s with a total of 4,780,350 people.

Drove alone: 81.1%Carpooled: 8.9%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 1%Walked: 1.7%Other means: 1.3%Worked from home: 6.1%


Florida: $US2,269.36

AP/Alan DiazCars drive toward the Miami Beach exit in Florida.

In Florida, transportation spending totaled over $US2,200 annually. The Sunshine State’s 9,355,081 people experienced average commute times of 27.8 minutes.

Drove alone: 79.4%Carpooled: 9.1%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 1.7%Walked: 1.4%Other means: 2.3%Worked from home: 6.1%


Arkansas: $US2,327.42

Jonathannsegal/ShutterstockAn aerial view of a highway in Arkansas.

Transportation spending in Arkansas totaled over $US2,300 annually. The state’s 281,666 commuters experienced averages of 21.6 minutes.

Drove alone: 83.3%Carpooled: 9.9%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 0.3%Walked: 1.8%Other means: 1%Worked from home: 3.7%


Nevada: $US2,390.62

Flickr / Moyan BrennCars driving down the Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Transportation spending in Nevada totaled close to $US2,400 annually. Nevada’s 1,402,611 workers experienced an average commute time of 24.2 minutes.

Drove alone: 78.5%Carpooled: 9.8%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 3.1%Walked: 1.9%Other means: 2.4%Worked from home: 4.3%


Louisiana: $US2,395.07

Mario Tama/Getty ImagesAn aerial view of a New Orleans’ neighbourhood roadways in Louisiana.

Like Nevada, Louisiana’s annual transportation spending totaled close to $US2,400. The state’s 2,003,496 working individuals spent 25.3 minutes on average commuting daily.

Drove alone: 82.7%Carpooled: 9.2%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 1.1%Walked: 1.7%Other means: 2%Worked from home: 3.3%


South Carolina: $US2,400.16

Sean Pavone/ShutterstockA street in Charleston, South Carolina.

South Carolina’s annual transportation spending totaled just over $US2,400. The average time spent commuting totaled 24.6, and the state’s workforce included 2,259,936 people.

Drove alone: 81.8%Carpooled: 9.5%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 0.5%Walked: 2.1%Other means: 1.4%Worked from home: 4.7%


Georgia: $US2,403.55

Flickr / Creative CommonsAtlanta downtown highway.

Georgia’s transportation spending totaled over $US2,400 annually. The state’s 4,782,581 workers had average travel times of 28.8 minutes.

Drove alone: 78.7%Carpooled: 9.9%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 2.1%Walked: 1.6%Other means: 1.9%Worked from home: 5.8%


Rhode Island: $US2,444.68

Juliancolton2/FlickrCars parked on a street in Rhode Island.

Transportation spending in Rhode Island totaled over $US2,440 annually. The state’s workforce of 522,214 spent an average of 25.1 minutes commuting to work.

Drove alone: 79.40%Carpooled: 9.40%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 2.20%Walked: 3.60%Other means: 0.90%Worked from home: 4.50%


Delaware: $US2,517.60

mandritoiu/shutterstockCars drive over the Delaware Bridge.

Transportation spending in Delaware totaled over $US2,500 annually. Delaware’s 430,780 workers experience mean travel times of 26.5 minutes.

Drove alone: 82%Carpooled: 7.1%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 2.2%Walked: 2.2%Other means: 1.2%Worked from home: 5.2%


Hawaii: $US2,520.01

Cathy Bussewitz / APTraffic in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii.

In Hawaii, transportation spending totaled over $US2,500 per year. The state’s 703,939 workers spent 27 minutes commuting on average.

Drove alone: 67.6%Carpooled: 13.3%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 6.1%Walked: 5.5%Other means: 3.2%Worked from home: 4.4%


Oklahoma: $US2,523.62

SUE OGROCKI / APCars drive in Oklahoma City.

In Oklahoma, the annual transportation spending totaled over $US2,500 annually per adult. The average commuting time was 21.9 minutes for the state’s 1,744,677 workers.

Drove alone: 82.3%Carpooled: 9.8%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 0.3%Walked: 1.9%Other means: 1.4%Worked from home: 4.3%


Virginia: $US2,599.62

Joseph Sohm / ShutterstockCars parked on a Virginia street.

Transportation spending totaled close to $US2,600 annually in Virginia. The state’s 4,195,387 workers experienced average travel times of 28.6 minutes.

Drove alone: 77.4%Carpooled: 8.7%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 4.2%Walked: 2.6%Other means: 1.8%Worked from home: 5.4%


Kansas: $US2,634.39

Transportation spending in Kansas totaled over $US2,600 annually. The state’s 1,431,057 workers had average commute times of 19.1 minutes.

Drove alone: 82.4%Carpooled: 8.7%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 0.4%Walked: 2.3%Other means: 1.4%Worked from home: 4.7%


Arizona: $US2,764.98

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty ImagesAn aerial view of Phoenix, Arizona.

In Arizona, transportation spending totaled over $US2,700 annually. Arizona workers – who totaled 3,086,150 in 2017 – experienced mean travel times of 25.6 for their daily commutes.

Drove alone: 76.5%Carpooled: 11%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 1.8%Walked: 2%Other means: 2.4%Worked from home: 6.3%


Oregon: $US2,792.99

tusharkoley/ShutterstockPortland, Oregon.

In Oregon, annual transportation spending totaled close to $US2,800. Oregon’s 1,953,055 workers also spent 24.3 minutes travelling during their daily commutes across the state.

Drove alone: 71.7%Carpooled: 9.7%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 4.5%Walked: 3.7%Other means: 3.1%Worked from home: 7.4%


Idaho: $US2,838.36

Charles Knowles/ShutterstockCars drive to and from Boise, Idaho.

In Idaho, transportation spending totaled over $US2,800 annually. Average commute times in Idaho totaled 21 minutes for the state’s 773,999 workers.

Drove alone: 79.1%Carpooled: 10.2%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 0.6%Walked: 2.3%Other means: 2.2%Worked from home:5.7%


Maryland: $US2,847.45

Wikimedia Commons/ FamartinCars drive towards Annapolis in Maryland.

Maryland’s transportation spending totaled over $US2,800 annually. The average time of all commuters totaled 33.3 minutes.

Drove alone: 73.7%Carpooled: 9.1%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 8.5%Walked: 2.1%Other means: 1.6%Worked from home: 4.9%


Texas: $US2,875.72

Paul Lowry via flickrAn aerial view of Texas highways.

Texas’ transportation spending totaled over $US2,800 annually. In the Lone Star State, 13,051,002 workers spent 26.5 minutes on average commuting to their job.

Drove alone: 80.6%Carpooled: 9.8%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 1.4%Walked: 1.5%Other means: 1.6%Worked from home: 5.1%


Ohio: $US2,925.79

chrismetcalfTV/FlickrA highway in Ohio.

Transportation spending totaled over $US2,900 annually in Ohio. The Midwestern state had 5,476,583 working individuals for this average; like Texas, the commute time averaged 23.6 minutes.

Drove alone: 83.3%Carpooled: 7.7%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 1.5%Walked: 2.1%Other means: 1.2%Worked from home: 4.2%


Utah: $US2,931.13

Casey Serin/FlickrAn aerial view of cars driving in Salt Lake City.

Utah’s annual transportation spending totaled over $US2,900. Utah’s average commute time totaled 22 minutes; the state had 1,486,681 workers during the time of the survey.

Drove alone: 76.1%Carpooled: 10.7%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 2.3%Walked: 2.4%Other means: 1.7%Worked from home: 6.8%


New Mexico: $US2,945.67

shutterstock/James OrndorfA road in New Mexico.

Transportation spending in New Mexico totaled almost $US2,950 annually. New Mexico’s 866,572 workers experienced average commute times of 22.3 minutes.

Drove alone: 79.4%Carpooled: 10.6%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 1.1%Walked: 2%Other means: 1.8%Worked from home: 5.1%


Indiana: $US2,949.94

ITB495/FlickrCars drive in Indiana.

Like New Mexico, transportation spending in Indiana also totaled almost $US2,950 annually. Indiana’s 3,126,324 workers had a mean travel time of 23.6 minutes.

Drove alone: 82.4%Carpooled: 8.7%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 0.9%Walked: 2.1%Other means: 1.5%Worked from home: 4.3%


Pennsylvania: $US3,029.01

Ron Shawley/Wikimedia CommonsA road in rural Pennsylvania.

Transportation spending totaled just over $US3,000 annually in Pennsylvania. The state’s travel time averaged 27.1 minutes and its workforce numbered 6,056,160.

Drove alone: 76.2%Carpooled: 8.5%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 5.3%Walked: 3.5%Other means: 1.5%Worked from home: 5%


Illinois: $US3,041.70

Scott Olson/Getty ImagesTraffic on a Chicago highway in Illinois.

Transportation spending totaled over $US3,000 annually in Illinois. The average commute time for Illinois’ 6,129,046 workers totaled 29.1 minutes.

Drove alone: 73%Carpooled: 7.8%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 9.6%Walked: 2.9%Other means: 1.8%Worked from home: 4.9%


Missouri: $US3,074.65

Paul Sableman/FlickrCars drive outside St. Louis, Missouri.

In Missouri, annual transportation spending totaled almost $US3,100. Missouri’s 2,881,692 workers, meanwhile, experienced average commute times of 23.7 minutes.

Drove alone: 82.2%Carpooled: 8.4%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 1.3%Walked: 1.9%Other means: 1.1%Worked from home: 5.1%


Alaska: $US3,081.96

Google MapsAn Alaskan roadway.

Alaska’s transportation spending totaled almost $US3,100 annually. Daily commutes in Alaska averaged 19.6 minutes. The state’s workforce included 351,282 individuals.

Drove alone: 69.3%Carpooled: 11.8%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 1.7%Walked: 7.4%Other means: 5.3%Worked from home: 4.6%


Maine: $US3,135.70

Google MapsCars drive in Maine.

Maine’s transportation spending totaled over $US3,100 annually. The mean travel time to work in Maine was 24 minutes, and the state’s workforce totaled 657,960 individuals.

Drove alone: 78.6%Carpooled: 9.4%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 0.6%Walked: 4.1%Other means: 1.5%Worked from home: 5.9%


District of Columbia: $US3,143.98

seanpavone/shutterstockHighways near Washington, DC.

Transportation spending totaled over $US3,100 annually in Washington, DC. The nation’s capital has 375,380 workers – a total higher than Wyoming, Vermont, and Alaska. The city averaged 30.8 minutes for commuting time, along with having a significant per cent use public transportation.

Drove alone: 34.4%Carpooled: 5.2%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 32.7%Walked: 12.7%Other means: 7.7%Worked from home: 7.4%


Wisconsin: $US3,154.34

Jordan Richmond/flickrCars parked in Madison, Wisconsin near the Wisconsin State Capitol.

In Wisconsin, transportation spending totaled over $US3,100 annually. Wisconsin’s mean commute time was 22.2 minutes for 2,938,890 workers.

Drove alone: 81.1%Carpooled: 7.6%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 1.8%Walked: 3%Other means: 1.6%Worked from home: 4.9%


Colorado: $US3,173.45

Camden Mendel/ShutterstockA two-lane road in Colorado.

In Colorado, transportation spending totaled almost $US3,175 annually. The state’s 2,886,978 had average commute times of 25.9 minutes.

Drove alone: 74.9%Carpooled: 8.6%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 3.2%Walked: 2.7%Other means: 2.2%Worked from home: 8.5%


Washington: $US3,175.70

ASCE via Flickr/OranViriyincyHighway congestion in Seattle.

In the state of Washington, transportation spending totaled just over $US3,175 annually. Workers – who numbered 3,566,785 – experienced commutes lasting an average of 27.9 minutes.

Drove alone: 71.7%Carpooled: 10.2%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 6.5%Walked: 3.4%Other means: 1.8%Worked from home: 6.3%


Montana: $US3,225.21

Bradley Gordon/FlickrA road in Montana.

In Montana, transportation spending totaled over $US3,200 annually. The state’s 508,613 workers’ commutes averaged 18.1 minutes.

Drove alone: 76.50%Carpooled: 8.90%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 0.8%Walked: 4.9%Other means: 2.3%Worked from home: 6.5%


Vermont: $US3,236.60

Google MapsA Vermont intersection.

Annual transportation spending in Vermont totaled over $US3,200. Vermont’s workforce of 318,995 individuals had average commute times of 23.2 minutes.

Drove alone: 74.9%Carpooled: 9.2%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 1.5%Walked: 5.7%Other means: 1.6%Worked from home: 7.1%


Iowa: $US3,293.42

Henryk Sadura/shutterstockCars drive to and from Iowa City.

Transportation spending in Iowa totaled almost $US3,300 annually. Iowa’s 1,597,499 workers averaged a 19.4-minute commute.

Drove alone: 81.4%Carpooled: 8%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 0.9%Walked: 3.2%Other means: 1.4%Worked from home: 5.1%


Connecticut: $US3,328.18

John9474/Flickr Creative CommonsStamford, Connecticut.

In Connecticut, transportation spending totaled over $US3,300 annually. Connecticut’s workforce of 778,000 people averaged times of 26.4 minutes.

Drove alone: 78.3%Carpooled: 7.9%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 4.7%Walked: 2.8%Other means: 1.3%Worked from home: 5.1%


California: $US3,340.33

California’s annual transportation spending totaled over $US3,300. The state boasted a workforce of 18,320,629 people. Despite Los Angeles’ notorious traffic, the country’s most populous state averaged 29.8 minutes for all areas.

Drove alone: 73.90%Carpooled: 10%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 5%Walked: 2.6%Other means: 2.%Worked from home: 6%


Massachusetts: $US3,368.87

Getty Images/Bruce BennettCars drive in Boston, Massachusetts.

In Massachusetts, transportation spending totaled over $US3,300 annually. The state’s 3,526,167 people experienced average commute times of 29.8 minutes.

Drove alone: 70%Carpooled: 7.2%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 10.4%Walked: 4.8%Other means: 2.2%Worked from home: 5.3%


New Jersey: $US3,519.25

Walter Hickey / BICars drive in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Annual transportation spending in New Jersey totaled over $US3,500. The state’s 4,409,601 averaged a commute time of 32.1 minutes over the course of the year.

Drove alone: 71%Carpooled: 7.9%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 11.8%Walked: 2.9%Other means: 1.8%Worked from home: 4.6%


South Dakota: $US3,597.75

Flickr/J. Stephen ConnA highway in South Dakota.

Transportation spending totaled close to $US3,600 annually in South Dakota. Commutes averaged 17.3 minutes daily. Along with a slightly longer average, the state had roughly 30,000 more workers than its northern counterpart with a total of 436,376.

Drove alone: 81.2%Carpooled: 7.8%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 0.7%Walked: 3.4%Other means: 1%Worked from home: 5.8%


New Hampshire: $US3,601.70

Google MapsAn intersection in New Hampshire.

Transportation spending in New Hampshire totaled just over $US3,600 annually. The workforce numbered just 712,701, and the workers’ average commute time totaled 27.3 minutes.

Drove alone: 80.9%Carpooled: 8.3%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 0.7%Walked: 2.4%Other means: 1.4%Worked from home: 6.2%


Nebraska: $US3,623.30

Associated PressAn aerial view of highways leading to Tulsa, Oklahoma following Arkansas River flooding in May.

Nebraska’s transportation spending totaled over $US3,600 annually. The state’s workforce of 996,639 individuals experienced average commute times of 18.5 minutes.

Drove alone: 81.7%Carpooled: 9.1%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 0.7%Walked: 2.7%Other means: 1.1%Worked from home: 4.7%


Michigan: $US3,631.39

Associated PressTraffic in Detroit, Michigan.

Transportation spending in Michigan totaled over $US3,600 annually. Michigan’s workforce of 4,560,646 spent 24.3 minutes a day commuting on average.

Drove alone: 82.5%Carpooled: 8.7%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 1.3%Walked: 2.2%Other means: 1.2%Worked from home: 4.2%


Minnesota: $US3,660.54

Checubus/ShutterstockCars parked in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Transportation spending in Minnesota also totaled over $US3,600 annually. Minnesota’s average commute time totaled 23.8 minutes for its workforce of 2,908,771 people.

Drove alone: 78%Carpooled: 8.2%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 3.7%Walked: 2.6%Other means: 1.6%Worked from home: 5.9%


New York: $US3,710.71

Frank Franklin II/APCars and a subway in New York City.

In New York, transportation spending totaled over $US3,700 annually. New York’s 9,427,680 workers spent 33.7 minutes travelling each day over the course of the year. The state also boasted the second-highest percentage of those who use public transportation.

Drove alone: 53.1%Carpooled: 6.3%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 28.1%Walked: 6.2%Other means: 2%Worked from home: 4.3%


Wyoming: $US4,393.40

Associated PressA truck travels east on Interstate 80 during a blizzard in Wyoming.

Transportation spending totaled close to $US4,400 annually in Wyoming. The United States’ least populated state also had the least number of workers, totaling 279,145. Average commute times for these working adults was 17.6 minutes.

Drove alone: 77.9%Carpooled: 10.2%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 0.6%Walked: 3.6%Other means: 2.4%Worked from home: 5.3%


North Dakota: $US5,059.11

Wikimedia CommonsCars driving in Fargo, North Dakota.

Finally, transportation spending in North Dakota totaled over $US5,000 annually. Daily commutes averaged 16.5 minutes, and the sparsely-populated state had 405,145 workers.

Drove alone: 81.6%Carpooled: 8.2%Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 0.5%Walked: 3.8%Other means: 1.2%Worked from home: 4.6%

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