Did you know that if you work in Illinois, on average it takes you 28.1 minutes to commute to work? This his about three minutes higher than the national average.

The good news is that the City of Rockford falls below that number with an average commute time of 21.6 minutes. Several other cities in the stateline did better than the Illinois average, as well.

According to Obrella Insurance, a company that provides home and car insurance advice, found that the the national average is 25.2 minutes. The good news is that not everyone in Illinois spends that much time getting to work. In fact, in many of people here in the Land of Lincoln actually spend 30 percent less time on the road to the office than most Americans.

Methodology used:

Obrella gathered traffic data from the U.S. Census Bureau, using that data, it ranked the best and worst commuter cities with populations of at least 10,000 based on the average one-way commute time. Obrella analysts then sorted the cities by average commute time and used other available data points to help visualize the breakdown of commute types and commute lengths


  • 1. Macomb - 14 mins
  • 2. Quincy - 15.2 mins
  • 3. Effingham - 15.2 mins
  • 4. Carbondale - 15.8 mins
  • 5. Charleston - 16 mins
  • 6. Galesburg -16.2 mins
  • 7. Champaign - 16.4 mins
  • 8. Urbana - 16.5 mins
  • 9. Normal - 16.8 mins
  • 10. Mattoon - 16.9 mins

Stateline cities that made the list near the top:

#17 – Freeport -18.1 mins: according to Obrella:

Freeport offers residents access to excellent schools, state-of-the-art hospitals, and more than 800 acres of parks. It also boasts employers that range from major companies, like Newell and Rubbermaid, to small, locally-owned shops. The healthy mix of job opportunities gives Freeport residents the chance to stick close to home for work, which keeps their average commute to just over 18 minutes.


#23 - Dixon - 18.9 mins:

Dixon offers quality schools, plenty of recreation programs, and more parks per capita than any other town in the state. Add in the fact that parents spend 25 percent less time commuting than most Americans do, and it’s easy to see why families are attracted to living in Dixon


#39 - Rockford - 21.6 Mins

Despite being the third largest city in Illinois and the most populated of any on our list, Rockford residents don’t have to spend a lot of time in traffic. In fact, 8 out of 10 residents here get to work in 29 minutes or less.


If you are interested in see the complete list of best commuter cities, including the 40 worst, go to Obrella.com.