Region's workers spending more time commuting

Share of commutes longer than 60 minutes is growing

The average travel time to work in the region continues to steadily increase.

Pierce County commuters have the longest average travel time at 32.5 minutes, followed by Snohomish County at 32.3 minutes and Kitsap County at 30.4 min­utes. Commuters in King County had the shortest average commute at 29.9 minutes.

Short vs. long commutes

The share of commuters with long commutes (greater than 60 minutes) is growing. Across the region, the share of travelers with long commutes increased by 47% between 2010 and 2017.

At the other end of the spectrum, the share of travelers with very short commutes (less than 10 minutes) continues to steadily decline. Since 2010, the share of travelers with short commutes has decreased by 26% across the region.

Rise of super commuters

The share of commuters with extremely long com­mutes — 90 minutes one way — is fast increasing in the region.

Since 2010, the population of super commuters in the central Puget Sound region has increased by 75%.

The region now ranks third out of the top 25 metropolitan areas in the nation in the increase in super commuters.

For more data on Travel Time to Work, see our latest issue of Puget Sound Trends.