By The Associated Press
6:40 AM AKDT, May 16, 2011
Statistics compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau conclude that the average Alaska driver takes 17.9 minutes to get to work.
The typical Fairbanks driver spends less that that -- about 17.4 minutes. The driving champions are residents of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Many work in Anchorage and average 33.6 minutes to reach work.
Skagway drivers have the shortest average commute at 4.4 minutes. More than a third of them walk to work in the compact southeast Alaska community.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that overall, Alaska drivers have it pretty good. The national rate for driving to work is 25.2 minutes.
State economist Neal Fried highlighted the figures in the May issue of the Alaska Department of Labor newsletter.
Fried says commuting has gotten "worse and worse" throughout the country.