See what the average commute is in Lee County, IA

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in Lee 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 Lee County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Lee County has a shorter commute than three out of five neighboring counties, with Henderson County, IL having the longest commute at 28.8 minutes.

Lee County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 18.2 minutes
--- 6.6% lower than state average
--- #30 best commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 3.5%
- Workers who drive to work: 90.9%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 7.4%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 0.4%
- Workers who work from home: 5.2%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 17.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 16.2%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. Des Moines County, IA: 17.0 minutes
#2. Henry County, IA: 17.7 minutes
#3. Lee County, IA: 18.2 minutes
#4. Van Buren County, IA: 23.4 minutes
#5. Clark County, MO: 26.7 minutes
#6. Henderson County, IL: 28.8 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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