See what the average commute is in Decatur County, IA

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in Decatur County, IA

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 Decatur County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Decatur County has a longer commute than all of its six neighboring counties, with Union County, IA having the shortest commute at 16.4 minutes.

Decatur County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 26.8 minutes
--- 37.6% higher than state average
--- #4 worst commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 14.2%
- Workers who drive to work: 83.6%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 12.3%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 0.1%
- Workers who work from home: 8.0%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 18.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 32.9%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. Union County, IA: 16.4 minutes
#2. Lucas County, IA: 20.5 minutes
#3. Harrison County, MO: 22.5 minutes
#4. Wayne County, IA: 23.4 minutes
#5. Ringgold County, IA: 24.2 minutes
#6. Mercer County, MO: 24.9 minutes
#7. Decatur County, IA: 26.8 minutes

Counties with the best commute in Iowa
#1. Sioux County: 13.4 minutes
#2. Buena Vista County: 13.8 minutes
#3. Carroll County: 13.9 minutes

Counties with the worst commute in Iowa
#1. Guthrie County: 28.2 minutes
#2. Harrison County: 27.9 minutes
#3. Madison County: 27.2 minutes

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