See what the average commute is in Franklin County, MA

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in Franklin County, MA

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 Franklin County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Franklin County has a longer commute than four out of five neighboring counties, with Bennington County, VT having the shortest commute at 20.4 minutes.

Franklin County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 24.5 minutes
--- 18.4% lower than state average
--- #6 best commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 6.5%
- Workers who drive to work: 84.1%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 9.5%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 1.4%
- Workers who work from home: 9.5%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 12.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 32.8%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. Bennington County, VT: 20.4 minutes
#2. Windham County, VT: 22.6 minutes
#3. Cheshire County, NH: 23.1 minutes
#4. Hampshire County, MA: 23.8 minutes
#5. Franklin County, MA: 24.5 minutes
#6. Worcester County, MA: 29.8 minutes

Counties with the best commute in Massachusetts
#1. Nantucket County: 13.5 minutes
#2. Dukes County: 14.5 minutes
#3. Berkshire County: 20.4 minutes

Counties with the worst commute in Massachusetts
#1. Norfolk County: 34.6 minutes
#2. Plymouth County: 33.2 minutes
#3. Suffolk County: 31.1 minutes

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