See what the average commute is in Shelby County, IL

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in Shelby County, IL

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 Shelby County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Shelby County has a longer commute than five out of seven neighboring counties, with Coles County, IL having the shortest commute at 17.2 minutes.

Shelby County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 23.2 minutes
--- 20.2% lower than state average
--- #42 best commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 6.5%
- Workers who drive to work: 93.3%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 5.9%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 0.4%
- Workers who work from home: 4.0%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 19.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 53.1%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. Coles County, IL: 17.2 minutes
#2. Effingham County, IL: 17.5 minutes
#3. Macon County, IL: 18.3 minutes
#4. Cumberland County, IL: 21.3 minutes
#5. Fayette County, IL: 21.9 minutes
#6. Shelby County, IL: 23.2 minutes
#7. Moultrie County, IL: 23.3 minutes
#8. Montgomery County, IL: 24.3 minutes

Counties with the best commute in Illinois
#1. Crawford County: 16.1 minutes
#2. McDonough County: 16.8 minutes
#3. Brown County: 16.9 minutes

Counties with the worst commute in Illinois
#1. Calhoun County: 42.6 minutes
#2. Kendall County: 33.7 minutes
#3. Cook County: 33.2 minutes

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