See what the average commute is in Washington County, RI

Written by:
December 30, 2022
ddisq // Shutterstock

See what the average commute is in Washington 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 Washington County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Washington County has a longer commute than two out of three neighboring counties, with Newport County, RI having the shortest commute at 22.7 minutes.

Washington County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 27.3 minutes
--- 7.9% higher than state average
--- #1 worst commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 7.8%
- Workers who drive to work: 88.0%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 5.6%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 1.4%
- Workers who work from home: 6.7%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 8.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 29.5%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. Newport County, RI: 22.7 minutes
#2. Kent County, RI: 25.6 minutes
#3. Washington County, RI: 27.3 minutes
#4. Suffolk County, NY: 32.4 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

Explore by Metro

Trending Now