See what the average commute is in Howard County, MD

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in Howard 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 Howard County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Howard County has a shorter commute than four out of five neighboring counties, with Prince George's County, MD having the longest commute at 37.0 minutes.

Howard County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 31.1 minutes
--- 5.9% lower than state average
--- #12 best commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 12.5%
- Workers who drive to work: 83.7%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 6.5%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 3.2%
- Workers who work from home: 11.0%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 9.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 47.7%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. Baltimore County, MD: 29.8 minutes
#2. Howard County, MD: 31.1 minutes
#3. Montgomery County, MD: 34.4 minutes
#4. Frederick County, MD: 35.4 minutes
#5. Carroll County, MD: 36.1 minutes
#6. Prince George's County, MD: 37.0 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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