See what the average commute is in Providence County, RI

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in Providence County, RI

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 Providence County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Providence County has a shorter commute than all of its five neighboring counties, with Norfolk County, MA having the longest commute at 34.6 minutes.

Providence County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 25.1 minutes
--- 0.8% lower than state average
--- #2 best commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 7.9%
- Workers who drive to work: 87.3%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 9.2%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 2.8%
- Workers who work from home: 4.9%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 10.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 11.5%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. Providence County, RI: 25.1 minutes
#2. Kent County, RI: 25.6 minutes
#3. Bristol County, RI: 26.4 minutes
#4. Bristol County, MA: 28.6 minutes
#5. Worcester County, MA: 29.8 minutes
#6. Norfolk County, MA: 34.6 minutes

Counties with the best commute in Rhode Island
#1. Newport County: 22.7 minutes
#2. Providence County: 25.1 minutes
#3. Kent County: 25.6 minutes

Counties with the worst commute in Rhode Island
#1. Washington County: 27.3 minutes
#2. Bristol County: 26.4 minutes
#3. Kent County: 25.6 minutes

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