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Mode and Average Time of Commute

Trend at a Glance

At last count

23.4 minutes

Current Through

July 2012



What does this measure?

This indicator provides insight into how Wake County citizens choose to get around, and how land development patterns affect road network use. The average time of commute is the amount of time a person typically spends traveling one way between home and work, regardless of transportation mode. The negative impacts of long commute times are far reaching, affecting the financial self-sufficiency and productivity of individuals, the economic output and desirability of the community, and the environment and the industries that depend upon its health, such as tourism and recreation. A community that provides a rich, multimodal infrastructure (such as public transportation, greenways and bike lanes) takes steps to reduce the number of automobiles weighing on the roadways, decrease congestion and increase transportation options for citizens. Of course, commute time is not dependent on infrastructure alone; it is also reliant upon an adequate balance between residential and commercial districts, as well as the habits and choices of citizens.

How is Wake County performing?

From 2006 to 2012, the Wake County average commuting time declined by nearly a minute and a half, from 24.8 to 23.4 minutes, while North Carolina saw no change. As the average commute time in Wake County has fallen, the national average has shown steady increase. In Wake County, more than 4 out of 5 workers commute alone in a personal automobile, which is similar to national and state averages.

Did you know?

Of Wake County's 475,400 workers, 388,987 (82%) worked within the county in 2012.

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Data is updated:

Data is made available annually by the US Census Bureau in October. Data is published here annually on or around October 15 by Wake County Planning, Development and Inspections.

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Created at 1/3/2014 3:44 PM by Lori K. Neumeier
Last modified at 12/11/2014 3:45 PM by Stephen R. Walston