See what the average commute is in Oakland County, MI

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in Oakland County, MI

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 Oakland County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Oakland County has a shorter commute than three out of five neighboring counties, with Lapeer County, MI having the longest commute at 35.9 minutes.

Oakland County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 26.8 minutes
--- 8.9% higher than state average
--- #19 worst commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 6.6%
- Workers who drive to work: 89.5%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 6.9%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 0.4%
- Workers who work from home: 8.0%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 9.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 28.2%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. Washtenaw County, MI: 24.0 minutes
#2. Wayne County, MI: 25.4 minutes
#3. Oakland County, MI: 26.8 minutes
#4. Macomb County, MI: 27.7 minutes
#5. Livingston County, MI: 32.1 minutes
#6. Lapeer County, MI: 35.9 minutes

Counties with the best commute in Michigan
#1. Luce County: 15.5 minutes
#2. Dickinson County: 16.3 minutes
#3. Alpena County: 16.7 minutes

Counties with the worst commute in Michigan
#1. Lapeer County: 35.9 minutes
#2. Livingston County: 32.1 minutes
#3. Tuscola County: 30.2 minutes

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