No wonder traffic can get bad around here. Every day, more than 17,700 workers leave their home in Sutter County and travel to another county for work. And every day, approximately 9,500 people commute into Sutter County for their job.
According to the Employment Development Department, 46.9 percent of the Sutter County work force commuted out of county to work, and 32.2 percent of all Sutter County jobs are held by commuters, based on a report by the American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, in January of 2015. Their charts for every county are located on their EDD website.
Both Sutter and Yuba counties have among the highest rates in the state for commuting out of county, but some of that can be attributed to the proximity of the county seats. According to the EDD, 5,400 people commute into Sutter County from Yuba County for work, and 6,050 commute out of Sutter County into Yuba County for work. The other factor, of course, is Sacramento, which received 3,890 commuters from Sutter County and 3,100 commuters from Yuba County each day. Over 51 percent of all Yuba County workers commute out of county.
According to the EDD estimates, Sutter County residents also commute in the following numbers to other counties: Yolo, 2,300; Placer 1,620; Butte, 1,360; Colusa, 740; Nevada, 400; Solano, 300; El Dorado, 100; San Joaquin 90; Glenn, 60; Contra Costa, 30; Napa, 30; Amador, 25; Sonoma, 20; and Mendocino, 20; and Plumas, 10.
It now takes the average worker 26 minutes to travel to work, according the the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s the longest it’s been since the Census began tracking this data in 1980. Back then the typical commute was only 21.7 minutes. Today it is 26 minutes.