See what the average commute is in New Castle County, DE

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in New Castle County, DE

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 New Castle County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. New Castle County has a shorter commute than all of its six neighboring counties, with Cecil County, MD having the longest commute at 30.6 minutes.

New Castle County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 26.0 minutes
--- 0.9% lower than state average
--- #1 best commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 7.8%
- Workers who drive to work: 85.6%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 8.7%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 3.3%
- Workers who work from home: 7.5%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 11.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 2.1%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. New Castle County, DE: 26.0 minutes
#2. Salem County, NJ: 26.7 minutes
#3. Kent County, MD: 28.2 minutes
#4. Chester County, PA: 28.5 minutes
#5. Delaware County, PA: 29.4 minutes
#6. Gloucester County, NJ: 30.5 minutes
#7. Cecil County, MD: 30.6 minutes

Counties with the best commute in Delaware
#1. New Castle County: 26.0 minutes
#2. Kent County: 26.3 minutes
#3. Sussex County: 26.8 minutes

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