See what the average commute is in Douglas County, WI

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in Douglas County, WI

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 Douglas County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Douglas County has a shorter commute than four out of seven neighboring counties, with Pine County, MN having the longest commute at 32.3 minutes.

Douglas County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 22.8 minutes
--- 2.5% higher than state average
--- #33 best commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 5.1%
- Workers who drive to work: 88.2%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 10.8%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 1.2%
- Workers who work from home: 5.5%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 13.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 3.0%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. St. Louis County, MN: 19.8 minutes
#2. Lake County, MN: 21.6 minutes
#2. Sawyer County, WI: 21.6 minutes
#4. Douglas County, WI: 22.8 minutes
#4. Bayfield County, WI: 22.8 minutes
#6. Washburn County, WI: 24.3 minutes
#7. Burnett County, WI: 30.4 minutes
#8. Pine County, MN: 32.3 minutes

Counties with the best commute in Wisconsin
#1. Door County: 17.0 minutes
#2. Ashland County: 17.2 minutes
#3. Eau Claire County: 17.9 minutes

Counties with the worst commute in Wisconsin
#1. Marquette County: 30.6 minutes
#2. Burnett County: 30.4 minutes
#3. Polk County: 29.8 minutes

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