Average Travel Time to Work (in minutes)

Average Travel Time to Work (in minutes)

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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 county performing?

In 2015-19, the average travel time for Berks County commuters was 25 minutes. This was an increase of 3 minutes since 2000. Of regions within Berks County, the Southeast had the highest average travel time, at 31 minutes, while the South had the lowest, at 23 minutes. The Southeast region saw the largest increase in travel time since 2000, from 26 minutes to 31 minutes.

Berks County's average travel time was slightly less than the statewide and the U.S. average (both 27 minutes). Among neighboring counties, Berks commuters had shorter travel times than workers in Chester and Montgomery (both at 29 minutes) or Schuylkill (27 minutes). Commutes were slightly shorter in Lancaster and Lebanon (both at 23 minutes) and Lehigh was on par with Berks.

Notes about the data

For additional detail as to how the Berks County regions are defined and which boroughs and townships are included in each, see the About Us page.

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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)
Berks County222525
Berks County Regions
Reading city212525
Berks County Peers
Chester County272729
Lancaster County222323
Lebanon County222323
Lehigh County222525
Montgomery County272829
Schuylkill County252627

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%.