See what the average commute is in Washington County, OR

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in Washington County, OR

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 Washington County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Washington County has a shorter commute than three out of five neighboring counties, with Columbia County, OR having the longest commute at 34.7 minutes.

Washington County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 25.3 minutes
--- 5.6% higher than state average
--- #8 worst commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 6.2%
- Workers who drive to work: 80.5%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 9.2%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 5.4%
- Workers who work from home: 10.0%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 12.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 25.9%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. Tillamook County, OR: 19.2 minutes
#2. Clatsop County, OR: 20.2 minutes
#3. Washington County, OR: 25.3 minutes
#4. Yamhill County, OR: 26.2 minutes
#5. Multnomah County, OR: 26.7 minutes
#6. Columbia County, OR: 34.7 minutes

Counties with the best commute in Oregon
#1. Lake County: 13.1 minutes
#2. Gilliam County: 14.7 minutes
#3. Baker County: 14.9 minutes

Counties with the worst commute in Oregon
#1. Columbia County: 34.7 minutes
#2. Clackamas County: 28.8 minutes
#3. Jefferson County: 27.1 minutes

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