See what the average commute is in Essex County, VT

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in Essex County, VT

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 Essex County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Essex County has a longer commute than all of its three neighboring counties, with Grafton County, NH having the shortest commute at 23.2 minutes.

Essex County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 26.5 minutes
--- 13.6% higher than state average
--- #2 worst commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 6.8%
- Workers who drive to work: 90.4%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 9.6%
- 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.: 19.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 29.5%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. Grafton County, NH: 23.2 minutes
#2. Orleans County, VT: 24.5 minutes
#3. Caledonia County, VT: 25.0 minutes
#4. Essex County, VT: 26.5 minutes

Counties with the best commute in Vermont
#1. Bennington County: 20.4 minutes
#2. Chittenden County: 21.6 minutes
#3. Rutland County: 22.4 minutes

Counties with the worst commute in Vermont
#1. Grand Isle County: 33.4 minutes
#2. Essex County: 26.5 minutes
#3. Orange County: 26.1 minutes

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