By ALEXANDER WILLIS
Spring Hill residents hate traffic – that much is clear. The city’s branding project recognized traffic as being the largest issue for residents, and city officials are continually working to relieve congestion through aggressively tackling road projects, as well as through other means such as launching a new ridesharing program.
Nevertheless, traffic for the time being in Spring Hill is still a considerable issue, which was reflected in the latest study from UnitedStateZipCodes.org, an online resource for zip code data.
According to the study, Spring Hill’s zip code of 37174 ranked 19th in the state for having the longest average work commute time for residents, sitting at an average of 31.6 minutes. For comparison, the single fastest commute time came from residents in Nashville’s zip code of 37212, an area of the city that sits southwest downtown area, with an average commute time of just 15.1 minutes.
To put things in perspective, this means a resident working five days a week will spend five hours and 16 minutes a week commuting to and from work, and just over 263 hours a year – assuming two weeks of vacation. For comparison, residents in the 37212 zip code of Nashville will spend just two hours and 31 minutes commuting a week, and just over 125 hours a year assuming two weeks of vacation.
The average commute time in Tennessee came out to 25.1 minutes, rising .03 percent over last year’s numbers. Despite Tennessee’s fastly growing population, its average commute time came in just under the national average, which sits at 26.1 minutes.
While Spring Hill has its fair share of jobs within city limits, such as from Maury Regional Hospital, which employs more than 2,000 people, ibex Global, which employs more than 1,500 people, and General Motors, which employs nearly 5,000 people, and is among the top five employers in the state, many residents commute outside of city limits for work.
City leaders have long recognized the absence – relatively speaking – of white-collar jobs within the city, with Spring Hill Economic Development Commission Jim Grimes previously arguing that the city’s ongoing branding initiative may help attract these types of businesses to the city.
The commute time study was made using the latest data from the United States Census Bureau, with only zip codes with a low margin of error being included.