See what the average commute is in Smith County, TN

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in Smith County, TN

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 Smith County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Smith County has a longer commute than four out of five neighboring counties, with Putnam County, TN having the shortest commute at 22.4 minutes.

Smith County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 34.0 minutes
--- 33.7% higher than state average
--- #6 worst commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 18.2%
- Workers who drive to work: 93.2%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 9.4%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 0.2%
- Workers who work from home: 5.1%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 27.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 48.2%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. Putnam County, TN: 22.4 minutes
#2. Jackson County, TN: 30.4 minutes
#2. Wilson County, TN: 30.4 minutes
#4. Macon County, TN: 33.8 minutes
#5. Smith County, TN: 34.0 minutes
#6. Trousdale County, TN: 41.0 minutes

Counties with the best commute in Tennessee
#1. Madison County: 18.5 minutes
#2. Obion County: 20.2 minutes
#3. Hamblen County: 20.5 minutes

Counties with the worst commute in Tennessee
#1. Trousdale County: 41.0 minutes
#2. Hickman County: 36.8 minutes
#3. Houston County: 36.6 minutes

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