Charles ranks No. 10 nationally in commuting time
Rapidly growing Charles County, on the far fringe of the Washington metropolitan area, is one of only 11 counties or autonomous cities nationwide where the average travel time to work is more than 40 minutes per day, according to U.S. Census data released this week.
The Southern Maryland County, which has the longest commuting time in Maryland, ranks 10th nationally with an average travel time to work of 40.5 minutes. In Maryland, only neighboring Calvert County comes close, with an average of 39.3 minutes. The only other Washington area jurisdiction to exceed 40 minutes is Manassas Park, an autonomous city in Northern Virginia.
Of the counties with the nation's longest commutes in terms of time, four are in metropolitan New York, with Richmond County (Staten Island) leading the pack. The others are Kings, Queens and Bronx counties in New York and Pike County in northeastern Pennsylvania. Exurban Denver accounts for two (Elbert and Park).
The close-in Washington suburban county of Prince George's takes third place in Maryland at an average 35.7 minutes. Queen Anne's County, a bedroom community for both metropolitan Washington and Baltimore, follows at 34.2. In the Baltimore region, Carroll County leads at 34 minutes.