See what the average commute is in Rensselaer County, NY

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in Rensselaer County, NY

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 Rensselaer County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Rensselaer County has a shorter commute than four out of six neighboring counties, with Greene County, NY having the longest commute at 28.7 minutes.

Rensselaer County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 24.3 minutes
--- 27.5% lower than state average
--- #31 worst commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 4.1%
- Workers who drive to work: 86.7%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 7.5%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 2.9%
- Workers who work from home: 6.0%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 10.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 52.3%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. Bennington County, VT: 20.4 minutes
#2. Albany County, NY: 20.8 minutes
#3. Rensselaer County, NY: 24.3 minutes
#4. Saratoga County, NY: 25.3 minutes
#5. Columbia County, NY: 25.8 minutes
#6. Washington County, NY: 26.3 minutes
#7. Greene County, NY: 28.7 minutes

Counties with the best commute in New York
#1. Chautauqua County: 18.5 minutes
#2. Jefferson County: 18.8 minutes
#3. Broome County: 19.2 minutes

Counties with the worst commute in New York
#1. Bronx County: 45.3 minutes
#2. Richmond County: 44.6 minutes
#3. Queens County: 44.2 minutes

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