See what the average commute is in Carter County, KY

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in Carter County, KY

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 Carter County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Carter County has a longer commute than three out of five neighboring counties, with Rowan County, KY having the shortest commute at 22.9 minutes.

Carter County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 31.4 minutes
--- 32.3% higher than state average
--- #23 worst commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 8.9%
- Workers who drive to work: 93.8%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 14.4%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 0.0%
- Workers who work from home: 2.8%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 17.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 39.6%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. Rowan County, KY: 22.9 minutes
#2. Greenup County, KY: 23.4 minutes
#3. Lawrence County, KY: 28.1 minutes
#4. Carter County, KY: 31.4 minutes
#5. Elliott County, KY: 39.0 minutes
#6. Lewis County, KY: 46.0 minutes

Counties with the best commute in Kentucky
#1. Calloway County: 16.8 minutes
#2. McCracken County: 17.1 minutes
#3. Christian County: 18.1 minutes

Counties with the worst commute in Kentucky
#1. Lewis County: 46.0 minutes
#2. Lee County: 44.1 minutes
#3. Robertson County: 41.2 minutes

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