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Are you Experiencing Colorado’s Worst Commute?

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Every day, thousands of Colorado drivers commute to and from work and school. While some drivers only spend 15 minutes en route to their destination, others spend over an hour commuting in traffic. Where you live – and where you work – determines how horrific your daily commute is. Unfortunately, Colorado has some of the worst cities for commuting in the nation. In a recent study, NerdWallet has determined the worst Colorado cities for commuting. The personal finance information service compiled information about average commuting time, average insurance premiums, fuel prices, accessibility of public transportation, and whether drivers carpool.

Of the sixty-six municipalities studied, Johnstown lays claim to Colorado’s worst commute. The top ten worst Colorado commutes are as follows:


  1. Johnstown
  2. Evergreen
  3. Fort Lupton
  4. Milliken
  5. Wellington
  6. Frederick
  7. Berthoud
  8. Aurora
  9. Castle Rock
  10. Commerce City


Some locations were excluded from the study, for instance any locality with a population of less than 5,000 or those without any documented statistics. To rank the remaining cities, NerdWallet used several different factors. The breakdown is as follows:

Fifty percent of the score was based on average one-way commuting time, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics from 2013.

Fifteen percent of the score was based on the average gas price between January and November 2014, as reported by Gas Buddy.

Another 15 percent of the score came from the average auto insurance rate. NerdWallet used their car insurance comparison tool to procure quotes on eight various driver profiles in each location. Those eight profiles were for 27-year-old single men and women, and 40-year-old married men and women, each driving a Toyota Camry and a Ford Escape. The three least expensive quotes for each location were used to determine the average cost.

Ten percent of the score was based on the percentage of commuters traveling alone to work, as reported in 2013 U.S. Census Bureau data.

The final 10 percent of the score came from the percentage of people, according to 2013 U.S. Census Bureau data, who utilize public transportation.


Costs of Commuting

Location is the primary determining factor in commuting costs. Residents of the second-worst city for commuters, Evergreen, pay approximately $1254 a year in insurance premiums. That’s about $154 more than the national average. Lafayette residents only pay $933 a year.

NerdWallet recommends shopping around for the best rates. They also want consumers to know that discounts are available for customer loyalty and a variety of safety features. Additionally, it is less expensive to insure some vehicles than others.

Where you fill up will influence your commuting costs, as well. Gas stations in Aspen typically charge more, while commuters in Thornton pay significantly less at the pump.

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Better Commutes

Not all Centennial State commuters are doomed. The study also determined that the typical Colorado resident spends 22 minutes commuting to work every day. That’s lower than the national average of 25.5 minutes.

And you don’t have to live in a small community to enjoy your commute. The sixth-best commute on the list belongs to Boulder. Even with a population just over 100,000, residents there have an average 19.2 minute commute and enjoy some of the lowest insurance premiums in the state.

Commuting & Car Accidents

The longer you spend on the road – the more likely you are to be involved in a car accident, especially during the commuting hours. Traffic congestion, road rage, and poor weather conditions all increase the odds of being in a car crash. When drivers spend long hours on the freeway in traffic, they can get increasingly agitated and begin to take risks. They may speed, weave in and out of traffic, or engage in distracted driving behaviors like texting or surfing the Internet. All of these driving behaviors can increase the risk of being involved in a serious car accident.

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