See what the average commute is in Fairfield County, CT

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in Fairfield County, CT

American commutes are getting longer, with a U.S. Census Bureau report released in 2021 revealing the average one-way commute in 2019 reached a record high of 27.6 minutes. Combined with high gas prices, workers' daily commutes are increasingly time-consuming and expensive—so much so that some are calling for commutes to count as part of the workday.

Even worse are travel times for "super commuters"—that unlucky 10% of Americans traveling more than one hour each way to punch a clock.

Stacker compiled statistics about the average commute in Fairfield County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Fairfield County has a shorter commute than five out of seven neighboring counties, with Putnam County, NY having the longest commute at 40.0 minutes.

Fairfield County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 31.4 minutes
--- 17.4% higher than state average
--- #1 worst commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 16.4%
- Workers who drive to work: 77.7%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 8.3%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 9.3%
- Workers who work from home: 9.2%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 8.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 7.9%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. New Haven County, CT: 25.5 minutes
#2. Litchfield County, CT: 28.6 minutes
#3. Fairfield County, CT: 31.4 minutes
#4. Suffolk County, NY: 32.4 minutes
#5. Dutchess County, NY: 32.8 minutes
#6. Westchester County, NY: 35.3 minutes
#7. Nassau County, NY: 36.6 minutes
#8. Putnam County, NY: 40.0 minutes

Counties with the best commute in Connecticut
#1. Hartford County: 23.4 minutes
#2. New London County: 24.2 minutes
#3. New Haven County: 25.5 minutes

Counties with the worst commute in Connecticut
#1. Fairfield County: 31.4 minutes
#2. Litchfield County: 28.6 minutes
#3. Windham County: 27.5 minutes

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