See what the average commute is in Winnebago County, IL

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in Winnebago 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 Winnebago County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Winnebago County has a shorter commute than four out of five neighboring counties, with Ogle County, IL having the longest commute at 26.7 minutes.

Winnebago County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 23.0 minutes
--- 20.9% lower than state average
--- #40 best commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 6.4%
- Workers who drive to work: 91.7%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 9.6%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 1.0%
- Workers who work from home: 4.8%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 18.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 12.6%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. Stephenson County, IL: 22.8 minutes
#2. Winnebago County, IL: 23.0 minutes
#3. Rock County, WI: 23.2 minutes
#4. Green County, WI: 24.4 minutes
#5. DeKalb County, IL: 26.5 minutes
#6. Ogle County, IL: 26.7 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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