See what the average commute is in Preston County, WV

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in Preston County, WV

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 Preston County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Preston County has a longer commute than all of its six neighboring counties, with Monongalia County, WV having the shortest commute at 21.3 minutes.

Preston County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 31.2 minutes
--- 19.6% higher than state average
--- #15 worst commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 14.4%
- Workers who drive to work: 92.0%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 13.2%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 0.5%
- Workers who work from home: 5.2%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 25.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 39.9%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. Monongalia County, WV: 21.3 minutes
#2. Grant County, WV: 22.6 minutes
#3. Fayette County, PA: 26.7 minutes
#4. Taylor County, WV: 27.5 minutes
#5. Tucker County, WV: 27.8 minutes
#6. Barbour County, WV: 28.0 minutes
#7. Preston County, WV: 31.2 minutes

Counties with the best commute in West Virginia
#1. Wood County: 19.5 minutes
#2. Ohio County: 19.9 minutes
#3. Cabell County: 21.3 minutes

Counties with the worst commute in West Virginia
#1. Clay County: 43.0 minutes
#2. Morgan County: 38.8 minutes
#3. Hampshire County: 38.5 minutes

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