Travel has long been expensive for the hundreds of thousands of people who travel to downtown Chicago daily. But this is particularly the case now, with the rise in the price of gasoline. And now many employees are having to shell out cash after working from home for most of the pandemic.
But there’s good news: getting around Chicago is undoubtedly expensive, but it could be worse.
Chicago came in 10th place on a list of cities with the most expensive rides, according to an analysis by the Autoinsurance.org website.
The average annual travel cost in Chicago is $8,033, or an average of $32 per day. According to the analysis, those who drive spend an average of 35 minutes just to get to town.
On average, the typical worker in Chicago earns about $54,316 per year, which equates to $28 per hour. With around 39 hours of work per week, the analysis says commuting on that salary can “impact your mood and energy, which in turn impacts your opportunity costs.”
Aside from Chicago, all of the other cities on the list are either on the East Coast or the West Coast. The annual cost to Fremont, Calif., which has the most expensive commute in the country, is $15,005, nearly double the amount it costs Chicago commuters.
The cities with the most expensive commutes are listed below, along with the annual cost and commute time to work:
- Fremont, CA – $15,005 – 36.4 mins
- San Francisco, CA – $13,015 – 34.7 mins
- Jersey City, New Jersey – $10,602 – 37.8 mins
- Arlington, Virginia – $10,385 – 29.7 mins
- New York, New York – $10,275 – 41.7 mins
- San Jose, CA – $9,813 – 31.7 mins
- Seattle, Washington – $9,790 – 28.4 mins
- Irvine, CA – $9,526 – 24.0 mins
- Oakland, CA – $9,176 – 34.4 mins
- Chicago, IL – $8,033 – 34.7 mins
Travel can be expensive in Chicago and the other cities listed above, this is not the case everywhere in the United States, especially in places where the annual commute is less than $4,000 and travel time is not as long.
According to a ranking of cities with the cheapest rides, the cheapest was Lubbock, Texas, where the annual cost is $2,874, followed by Laredo, Texas, at $3,200. Journey times vary between 16.2 and 23.5 minutes, compared to the more expensive cities which have journey times between 24 and 41.7 minutes.
The cities with the cheapest rides, along with the annual cost and travel time are listed below:
- Lubbock, TX – $2,874 – 16.2 mins
- Laredo, TX – $3,200 – 20.7 mins
- Tulsa, Oklahoma – $3,241 – 18.6 mins
- Wichita, Kansas – $3,417 – 19 mins
- Corpus Christi, TX – $3,447 – 19.8 mins
- Norfolk, Virginia – $3,449 – 22 mins
- El Paso, TX – $3,635 – 23.5 mins
- Memphis, Tennessee – $3,743 – 22.2 mins
- Tucson, Arizona – $3,843 – 22.7 mins
- Cleveland, Ohio – $3,853 – 23.2 minutes