See what the average commute is in Worcester County, MA

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in Worcester 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 Worcester County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Worcester County has a longer commute than seven out of nine neighboring counties, with Hampden County, MA having the shortest commute at 22.9 minutes.

Worcester County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 29.8 minutes
--- 0.7% lower than state average
--- #6 worst commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 13.0%
- Workers who drive to work: 85.4%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 7.8%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 1.9%
- Workers who work from home: 8.0%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 13.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 25.1%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. Hampden County, MA: 22.9 minutes
#2. Cheshire County, NH: 23.1 minutes
#3. Hampshire County, MA: 23.8 minutes
#4. Franklin County, MA: 24.5 minutes
#5. Providence County, RI: 25.1 minutes
#6. Windham County, CT: 27.5 minutes
#7. Hillsborough County, NH: 28.0 minutes
#8. Worcester County, MA: 29.8 minutes
#9. Middlesex County, MA: 31.1 minutes
#10. Norfolk County, MA: 34.6 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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