See what the average commute is in Milwaukee County, WI

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December 30, 2022
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See what the average commute is in Milwaukee 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 Milwaukee County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Milwaukee County has a shorter commute than four out of five neighboring counties, with Washington County, WI having the longest commute at 24.7 minutes.

Milwaukee County commuting by the numbers
- Average commute: 22.5 minutes
--- 1.2% higher than state average
--- #31 best commute in the state
- Workers with 1+ hour commute: 4.0%
- Workers who drive to work: 84.6%
--- Workers who carpool to work: 8.7%
- Workers who take public transport to work: 4.7%
- Workers who work from home: 6.1%
- Left for work between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.: 13.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 20.5%

Commutes in neighboring counties
#1. Ottawa County, MI: 20.7 minutes
#2. Milwaukee County, WI: 22.5 minutes
#3. Ozaukee County, WI: 23.6 minutes
#4. Waukesha County, WI: 23.8 minutes
#5. Racine County, WI: 24.6 minutes
#6. Washington County, WI: 24.7 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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