See what the average commute is in Benton County, WA

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in Benton County, WA

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 Benton County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Benton County has a longer commute than four out of six neighboring counties, with Walla Walla County, WA having the shortest commute at 15.8 minutes.

Benton County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 21.7 minutes
--- 22.6% lower than state average
--- #14 best commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 5.0%
- Workers who drive to work: 90.4%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 9.6%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 0.8%
- Workers who work from home: 6.6%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 22.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 20.3%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. Walla Walla County, WA: 15.8 minutes
#2. Umatilla County, OR: 18.8 minutes
#3. Yakima County, WA: 19.2 minutes
#4. Grant County, WA: 19.8 minutes
#5. Benton County, WA: 21.7 minutes
#6. Klickitat County, WA: 21.9 minutes
#7. Franklin County, WA: 22.2 minutes

Counties with the best commute in Washington
#1. Walla Walla County: 15.8 minutes
#2. Asotin County: 16.3 minutes
#3. San Juan County: 16.5 minutes

Counties with the worst commute in Washington
#1. Wahkiakum County: 40.8 minutes
#2. Mason County: 35.2 minutes
#3. Pend Oreille County: 34.0 minutes

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