See what the average commute is in Curry County, NM

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in Curry County, NM

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 Curry County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Curry County has a longer commute than three out of five neighboring counties, with Parmer County, TX having the shortest commute at 15.2 minutes.

Curry County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 16.0 minutes
--- 29.6% lower than state average
--- #5 best commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 2.3%
- Workers who drive to work: 94.5%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 12.0%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 0.2%
- Workers who work from home: 1.8%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 16.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 6.1%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. Parmer County, TX: 15.2 minutes
#2. Quay County, NM: 15.5 minutes
#3. Deaf Smith County, TX: 15.9 minutes
#4. Curry County, NM: 16.0 minutes
#5. Roosevelt County, NM: 17.2 minutes
#6. Bailey County, TX: 17.6 minutes

Counties with the best commute in New Mexico
#1. De Baca County: 12.3 minutes
#2. Quay County: 15.5 minutes
#2. Sierra County: 15.5 minutes

Counties with the worst commute in New Mexico
#1. Mora County: 51.3 minutes
#2. Torrance County: 34.5 minutes
#3. Valencia County: 29.2 minutes

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