How Far Do You Commute, Farmington and Farmington Hills?

U.S. Census figures released last week show that the average commute for a Farmington area resident ranges right around the national average.

With a few exceptions here and there, there aren't too many of us who enjoy the daily commute to and from work. But how long is that commute for Oakland County residents and where are we going?

According to data released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau, the average one-way, daily commute for U.S. workers is 25.4 minutes.

Lucky Farmington and Farmington Hills residents average commute times less than that, according to an interactive map published at Slate.com. Commuters in the north and east sides of the community average 23.7-24.1 minutes, while those south of I-696 and west of Farmington road average 25 minutes. 

Noteworthy in the census report is how many commuters are leaving their home county for work. The report notes that one in four commuters are leaving their county for work. 

Plus, nearly 600,000 workers across the country have a "megacommute" of at least 50 miles, spending at least 90 minutes on the road.

In total, more than 170,000 Oakland County residents are leaving the county for work everyday, with 60 percent commuting to Wayne County. However, most Oakland County residents aren't traveling too far: only 5.7 percent of county residents travel more than 60 minutes one-way.

Meanwhile, Oakland County continues to be a lucrative place to work and has among the highest number of workers from other counties, according to a report from Crains Detroit.

Where are they working? The biggest employers in Oakland County, Crains reports, are the Beaumont Health System, Chrysler Group, General Motors, Trinity Health and St. John Providence Health System.

Meanwhile, another report from the Census Transportation Planning Package notes that the largest share of commuters in Farmington area ZIP codes are traveling to Farmington area ZIP codes. Other popular commuting destinations are Northville, Bloomfield, Southfield and Novi. 

Patch editor Joni Hubred-Golden contributed to this report. 

Thomas Donovan March 14, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Even though I love to drive, I am not a fan of commuting at all. I live at Power and Grand River, and work at Six Mile and I-275. What's that? 5 - 6 miles tops?


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