Statistics showing the average commute are sketchy at best. Austin and San Antonio are going to have longer commutes than Waco and Laredo because of more congestion and higher prices within the city core.
And suburban cities such as Arlington or Plano have even longer commutes because people are often living farther away on purpose.
But sometimes, when you’re on MoPac and you’re inching along one car length at a time, it’s worth thinking about just where you rate at in this rat race. Enter HomeArea.com, which has ranked 17 cities in Texas with a population of 60,000 or more based on average commute time.
Coming in at No. 1, with the fastest average commute at 16.3 minutes, is the South Plains paradise of Lubbock.
Rounding out the top 5 are Waco (18.2 minutes), Amarillo (18.5), Corpus Christi (18.7) and Brownsville (20.1).
Austin came in at No. 9 at 24.8 minutes, just behind San Antonio (24.7) but ahead of Irving (26.1). Austin’s average is up (you knew that) from 24.1 minutes last year.
Bringing up the rear is Garland, which at 29.5 minutes gives you time to listen to the entire 1968 Aretha Franklin album “Aretha Now,” which isn’t all bad.
HomeArea.com reports that statewide average commute time is 26.5 minutes, up a bit from last year.