Counties with the worst commutes in Alabama

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September 26, 2021
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Counties with the worst commutes in Alabama

Commuting easily ranks as one of the least enjoyable parts of a person's day. Commuters encounter more physical health problems, and low-income commuters are less likely to gain financial stability—among a host of other negative impacts. And yet, America’s commutes keep getting longer as people move farther away from the office, according to census data.

Stacker compiled a list of counties with the worst commutes in Alabama using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by longest average commute time in 2019. Think you have a long trip to work? Read on to compare it against the worst commutes statewide.

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#30. Limestone County

- Average commute time: 27 minutes
--- #868 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 8.4% longer than state average
--- 2.2% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 51.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (88.5%), carpooled (7.6%), walked (0.6%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (2.5%)

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#29. Wilcox County

- Average commute time: 27.1 minutes
--- #846 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 8.8% longer than state average
--- 1.8% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 26.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 37.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (89.2%), carpooled (7.4%), walked (0.5%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (2.2%)

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#28. Bullock County

- Average commute time: 27.2 minutes
--- #829 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 9.2% longer than state average
--- 1.4% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 24.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 43.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.9%), carpooled (12.3%), walked (4.9%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (1.9%)

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#27. Lamar County

- Average commute time: 27.8 minutes
--- #741 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 11.6% longer than state average
--- 0.7% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 22.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 25.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (89.7%), carpooled (8.8%), walked (0%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (0.9%)

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#26. Geneva County

- Average commute time: 27.8 minutes
--- #741 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 11.6% longer than state average
--- 0.7% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 23.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 49.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.6%), carpooled (10.1%), walked (0.3%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (1.8%)

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#25. Randolph County

- Average commute time: 27.9 minutes
--- #724 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.0% longer than state average
--- 1.1% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 26.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 16%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (88.1%), carpooled (7.8%), walked (0.5%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (2.9%)

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#24. Conecuh County

- Average commute time: 27.9 minutes
--- #724 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.0% longer than state average
--- 1.1% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 20.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 40.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (88.9%), carpooled (6.9%), walked (1.2%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (1.3%)

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#23. Henry County

- Average commute time: 28 minutes
--- #699 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.4% longer than state average
--- 1.4% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 59.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (87%), carpooled (7.1%), walked (0.1%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (3.2%)

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#22. Tallapoosa County

- Average commute time: 28 minutes
--- #699 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.4% longer than state average
--- 1.4% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 21.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 36.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86%), carpooled (9.3%), walked (0.9%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (2.6%)

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#21. Walker County

- Average commute time: 28.4 minutes
--- #642 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 14.1% longer than state average
--- 2.9% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 22.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 32.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.5%), carpooled (10.8%), walked (1%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (2.5%)

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#20. Coosa County

- Average commute time: 28.8 minutes
--- #594 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 15.7% longer than state average
--- 4.3% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 29.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 76.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.1%), carpooled (10.9%), walked (2%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (4.8%)

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#19. Franklin County

- Average commute time: 28.8 minutes
--- #594 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 15.7% longer than state average
--- 4.3% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 19.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 31.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.9%), carpooled (14.2%), walked (0.7%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (1%)

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#18. Shelby County

- Average commute time: 28.9 minutes
--- #577 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 16.1% longer than state average
--- 4.7% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 46.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.2%), carpooled (6.9%), walked (0.8%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (5.4%)

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#17. Clay County

- Average commute time: 29.1 minutes
--- #548 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 16.9% longer than state average
--- 5.4% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 30.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 32.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (87.4%), carpooled (6.9%), walked (0.9%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (4.4%)

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#16. Lawrence County

- Average commute time: 29.5 minutes
--- #492 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 18.5% longer than state average
--- 6.9% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 25.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 67.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (87.5%), carpooled (8.7%), walked (0.8%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (2.4%)

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#15. Cherokee County

- Average commute time: 29.5 minutes
--- #492 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 18.5% longer than state average
--- 6.9% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 31.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 25%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.1%), carpooled (14.3%), walked (0.4%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (1.6%)

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#14. St. Clair County

- Average commute time: 29.6 minutes
--- #485 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 18.9% longer than state average
--- 7.2% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 20.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 58.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (87%), carpooled (9.2%), walked (0.5%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (2.2%)

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#13. Bibb County

- Average commute time: 29.7 minutes
--- #477 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 19.3% longer than state average
--- 7.6% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 0.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 25.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 63.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (87.1%), carpooled (8.9%), walked (0.1%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (3.1%)

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#12. Fayette County

- Average commute time: 29.8 minutes
--- #464 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 19.7% longer than state average
--- 8.0% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 23.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 50.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.8%), carpooled (9.7%), walked (1.7%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (2.3%)

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#11. Crenshaw County

- Average commute time: 29.9 minutes
--- #454 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 20.1% longer than state average
--- 8.3% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 23.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 45.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.1%), carpooled (11.3%), walked (2%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (4.9%)

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#10. Winston County

- Average commute time: 31.4 minutes
--- #307 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 26.1% longer than state average
--- 13.8% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 24.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 43.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.8%), carpooled (15.2%), walked (0.6%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (3%)

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#9. Lowndes County

- Average commute time: 31.5 minutes
--- #298 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 26.5% longer than state average
--- 14.1% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 26.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 70.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (88%), carpooled (8.1%), walked (0.4%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (0.9%)

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#8. Hale County

- Average commute time: 31.6 minutes
--- #290 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 26.9% longer than state average
--- 14.5% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 24.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 63.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (88.9%), carpooled (7.2%), walked (0.2%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (2.9%)

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#7. Chilton County

- Average commute time: 32.1 minutes
--- #257 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 28.9% longer than state average
--- 16.3% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 28.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 51.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.8%), carpooled (12.9%), walked (0.5%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (2.3%)

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#6. Pickens County

- Average commute time: 33.2 minutes
--- #183 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 33.3% longer than state average
--- 20.3% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 27.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 37.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.3%), carpooled (8.9%), walked (1.8%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (6.4%)

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#5. Washington County

- Average commute time: 33.4 minutes
--- #171 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 34.1% longer than state average
--- 21.0% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 34.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 39.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.5%), carpooled (9.9%), walked (0.2%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (0.9%)

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#4. Cleburne County

- Average commute time: 34 minutes
--- #138 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 36.5% longer than state average
--- 23.2% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 30.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 26.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.6%), carpooled (11.2%), walked (0.7%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (3.4%)

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#3. Blount County

- Average commute time: 34.4 minutes
--- #122 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 38.2% longer than state average
--- 24.6% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 20.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 66.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (87.5%), carpooled (9.7%), walked (0.4%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (1.5%)

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#2. Choctaw County

- Average commute time: 34.5 minutes
--- #118 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 38.6% longer than state average
--- 25.0% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 30.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 14.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.6%), carpooled (10.5%), walked (1.5%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (1.9%)

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#1. Greene County

- Average commute time: 35.2 minutes
--- #95 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 41.4% longer than state average
--- 27.5% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 8.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 23.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 58.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.7%), carpooled (23.1%), walked (0.8%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (3%)

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