See what the average commute is in Benton County, MN

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in Benton County, MN

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 Benton County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Benton County has a shorter commute than three out of four neighboring counties, with Sherburne County, MN having the longest commute at 32.4 minutes.

Benton County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 23.0 minutes
--- 3.3% lower than state average
--- #38 worst commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 7.1%
- Workers who drive to work: 90.7%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 7.8%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 1.0%
- Workers who work from home: 5.1%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 17.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 65.0%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. Stearns County, MN: 20.9 minutes
#2. Benton County, MN: 23.0 minutes
#3. Morrison County, MN: 27.2 minutes
#4. Mille Lacs County, MN: 30.6 minutes
#5. Sherburne County, MN: 32.4 minutes

Counties with the best commute in Minnesota
#1. Stevens County: 11.8 minutes
#2. Pennington County: 13.4 minutes
#3. Cook County: 15.1 minutes

Counties with the worst commute in Minnesota
#1. Isanti County: 34.9 minutes
#2. Chisago County: 32.6 minutes
#3. Sherburne County: 32.4 minutes

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