See what the average commute is in Sandoval County, NM

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in Sandoval 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 Sandoval County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Sandoval County has a longer commute than five out of six neighboring counties, with Los Alamos County, NM having the shortest commute at 16.5 minutes.

Sandoval County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 28.4 minutes
--- 25.0% higher than state average
--- #5 worst commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 7.8%
- Workers who drive to work: 88.7%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 11.8%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 0.8%
- Workers who work from home: 7.6%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 12.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 51.1%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. Los Alamos County, NM: 16.5 minutes
#2. Cibola County, NM: 21.9 minutes
#3. Santa Fe County, NM: 22.8 minutes
#4. McKinley County, NM: 23.2 minutes
#5. San Juan County, NM: 24.3 minutes
#6. Sandoval County, NM: 28.4 minutes
#7. Rio Arriba County, NM: 28.7 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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