Houston Commuters: Some of the Earliest Risers in Texas

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WHAT time is it?
You know what sucks? Getting up early to commute to work. And we do a lot of it in Houston.

The Business Journals website has crunched numbers from the Census' American Community Survey and ranked 500-plus communities according to how many commuters leave home from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Houston only comes in 77th nationally, but in Texas we kick ass: Take away the military in Killeen with their crazy hours, and only Beaumont-Port Arthur outdoes us in early birds.

The ACS says Houston (and Sugar Land and Baytown) has 2.6 million commuters; almost one-third, or 858,000 of them, leave the house by 7 a.m.

Another 64,000 leave by 9 a.m., by which time frankly you should have your butt out of bed.

The Houston area comes in just ahead of Athens, Texas, which of course is the Black-Eyed Pea Capital of the Country it says.

Is there any feeling more satisfying than rising in the pre-dawn hours to go fight traffic? Other than having your fingernails pulled out with pliers?

The Texas results:


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Ken Reed
Ken Reed

What a difference five minutes makes!  I am retired now, but for years I commuted from near Hobby Airport to the west side of Houston.  Fifteen miles, door to door.  If I left by seven a.m., I'd get to work at 7:30.  If I didn't leave till 7:05, I'd barely make it by 8:00.

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