See what the average commute is in Yakima County, WA

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in Yakima 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 Yakima County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Yakima County has a shorter commute than all of its seven neighboring counties, with Pierce County, WA having the longest commute at 33.0 minutes.

Yakima County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 19.2 minutes
--- 31.5% lower than state average
--- #6 best commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 3.3%
- Workers who drive to work: 92.9%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 12.0%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 0.3%
- Workers who work from home: 4.2%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 22.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 3.9%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. Yakima County, WA: 19.2 minutes
#2. Grant County, WA: 19.8 minutes
#3. Kittitas County, WA: 21.3 minutes
#4. Klickitat County, WA: 21.9 minutes
#5. Lewis County, WA: 28.2 minutes
#6. Skamania County, WA: 29.4 minutes
#7. King County, WA: 29.8 minutes
#8. Pierce County, WA: 33.0 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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