See what the average commute is in Charles County, MD

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in Charles County, MD

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 Charles County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Charles County has a longer commute than all of its seven neighboring counties, with St. Mary's County, MD having the shortest commute at 31.7 minutes.

Charles County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 45.4 minutes
--- 37.3% higher than state average
--- #1 worst commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 35.9%
- Workers who drive to work: 86.9%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 6.7%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 5.4%
- Workers who work from home: 6.2%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 27.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 28.9%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. St. Mary's County, MD: 31.7 minutes
#2. Fairfax County, VA: 32.1 minutes
#3. King George County, VA: 36.4 minutes
#4. Prince George's County, MD: 37.0 minutes
#5. Stafford County, VA: 39.7 minutes
#6. Prince William County, VA: 39.8 minutes
#7. Westmoreland County, VA: 41.4 minutes
#8. Charles County, MD: 45.4 minutes

Counties with the best commute in Maryland
#1. Wicomico County: 22.0 minutes
#2. Allegany County: 22.4 minutes
#3. Garrett County: 23.7 minutes

Counties with the worst commute in Maryland
#1. Charles County: 45.4 minutes
#2. Calvert County: 42.2 minutes
#3. Prince George's County: 37.0 minutes

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