See what the average commute is in Lake County, MN

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in Lake 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 Lake County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Lake County has a longer commute than two out of four neighboring counties, with Ashland County, WI having the shortest commute at 17.2 minutes.

Lake County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 21.6 minutes
--- 9.2% lower than state average
--- #43 best commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 6.5%
- Workers who drive to work: 84.7%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 10.3%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 0.3%
- Workers who work from home: 9.5%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 14.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 25.3%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. Ashland County, WI: 17.2 minutes
#2. St. Louis County, MN: 19.8 minutes
#3. Lake County, MN: 21.6 minutes
#4. Bayfield County, WI: 22.8 minutes
#4. Douglas County, WI: 22.8 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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