See what the average commute is in Ashe County, NC

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in Ashe County, NC

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 Ashe County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Ashe County has a shorter commute than three out of four neighboring counties, with Grayson County, VA having the longest commute at 26.0 minutes.

Ashe County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 25.3 minutes
--- 1.4% higher than state average
--- #48 best commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 6.8%
- Workers who drive to work: 91.5%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 13.0%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 0.1%
- Workers who work from home: 5.9%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 11.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 22.5%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. Watauga County, NC: 20.5 minutes
#2. Ashe County, NC: 25.3 minutes
#3. Johnson County, TN: 25.7 minutes
#4. Wilkes County, NC: 25.8 minutes
#5. Grayson County, VA: 26.0 minutes

Counties with the best commute in North Carolina
#1. Swain County: 19.0 minutes
#2. Hyde County: 19.6 minutes
#2. Jackson County: 19.6 minutes

Counties with the worst commute in North Carolina
#1. Gates County: 36.9 minutes
#2. Currituck County: 35.1 minutes
#3. Perquimans County: 34.4 minutes

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