Counties with the most super commuters in Colorado

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June 1, 2021
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Counties with the most super commuters in Colorado

There are more than 281 million vehicles on the road in the United States, and many of those cars, trucks, vans, and motorcycles are used to ferry people to and from their homes and jobs during their daily commutes. A small but growing number of people are walking and biking to work, particularly in compact college towns. Many more take public transportation, especially in major cities like New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Boston, and Seattle—but nationwide, public transit accounts for only about 5% of daily commutes.

The overwhelming majority of people still drive to and from work every day, and the vast majority of those car commuters drive alone—fewer than 10% of Americans carpool. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average one-way commute in the United States has grown to a record 27.1 minutes. That’s just shy of an hour a day that average Americans squander behind the wheel, not at home with their families, and instead, burning gas and putting miles on their cars.

For some Americans, however, the commute to work is far from average. A phenomenon known as super commuting has emerged and grown in recent years. Super commuters spend 90 minutes or more—each way—chasing their paychecks every day. The biggest percentage of super commuters work in the extraction industry, with workers pursuing lucrative jobs in remote mines, oil fields, and other energy operations. Many more, however, have been priced out of expensive housing in urban metro areas where high-paying jobs are located, far away from their less-expensive county of residence.

Stacker compiled a list of counties with the most super commuters in Colorado using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by highest percent of workers with a commute over 90 minutes, based on 2019 5-year estimates. Keep reading to see where in your state people are spending the most time going to and from work every day.

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#30. Lake County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.37%
--- #1,478 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 15.0% more common than state average
--- 18.4% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 31.7 minutes
--- #282 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 22.9% longer than state average
--- 14.9% longer than national average
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#29. Rio Blanco County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.40%
--- #1,454 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 16.3% more common than state average
--- 17.5% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 16.5 minutes
--- #2,846 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 36.0% shorter than state average
--- 40.2% shorter than national average
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#28. Mesa County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.42%
--- #1,435 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 17.2% more common than state average
--- 16.8% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 19.6 minutes
--- #2,383 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 24.0% shorter than state average
--- 29.0% shorter than national average
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#27. Kiowa County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.45%
--- #1,405 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 18.9% more common than state average
--- 15.6% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 15 minutes
--- #2,955 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 41.9% shorter than state average
--- 45.7% shorter than national average
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#26. Montezuma County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.45%
--- #1,401 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 19.1% more common than state average
--- 15.5% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 21 minutes
--- #2,131 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 18.6% shorter than state average
--- 23.9% shorter than national average
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#25. Pueblo County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.52%
--- #1,349 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 22.1% more common than state average
--- 13.4% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 22.2 minutes
--- #1,900 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 14.0% shorter than state average
--- 19.6% shorter than national average
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#24. Gunnison County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.53%
--- #1,338 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 22.9% more common than state average
--- 12.7% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 15.6 minutes
--- #2,915 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 39.5% shorter than state average
--- 43.5% shorter than national average
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#23. Weld County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.55%
--- #1,326 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 23.6% more common than state average
--- 12.3% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 27.7 minutes
--- #763 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 7.4% longer than state average
--- 0.4% longer than national average
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#22. Phillips County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.59%
--- #1,298 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 25.7% more common than state average
--- 10.8% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 16.5 minutes
--- #2,846 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 36.0% shorter than state average
--- 40.2% shorter than national average
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#21. Fremont County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.62%
--- #1,263 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 27.2% more common than state average
--- 9.7% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 23.4 minutes
--- #1,624 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 9.3% shorter than state average
--- 15.2% shorter than national average
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#20. Crowley County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.68%
--- #1,219 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 30.1% more common than state average
--- 7.7% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 21.4 minutes
--- #2,055 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 17.1% shorter than state average
--- 22.5% shorter than national average
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#19. Huerfano County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.74%
--- #1,181 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 32.8% more common than state average
--- 5.8% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 21.2 minutes
--- #2,094 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 17.8% shorter than state average
--- 23.2% shorter than national average
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#18. Lincoln County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.27%
--- #888 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 58.7% more common than state average
--- 12.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 17.3 minutes
--- #2,746 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 32.9% shorter than state average
--- 37.3% shorter than national average
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#17. Grand County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.30%
--- #864 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 60.3% more common than state average
--- 13.8% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 24.5 minutes
--- #1,363 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 5.0% shorter than state average
--- 11.2% shorter than national average
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#16. Montrose County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.59%
--- #730 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 74.2% more common than state average
--- 23.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 19.2 minutes
--- #2,458 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 25.6% shorter than state average
--- 30.4% shorter than national average
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#15. Las Animas County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.65%
--- #708 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 77.0% more common than state average
--- 25.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 21.2 minutes
--- #2,094 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 17.8% shorter than state average
--- 23.2% shorter than national average
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#14. Logan County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.77%
--- #669 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 82.8% more common than state average
--- 29.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 18.3 minutes
--- #2,604 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 29.1% shorter than state average
--- 33.7% shorter than national average
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#13. Morgan County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.23%
--- #519 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 105.2% more common than state average
--- 45.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 19 minutes
--- #2,492 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 26.4% shorter than state average
--- 31.2% shorter than national average
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#12. Gilpin County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.29%
--- #503 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 108.2% more common than state average
--- 47.8% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 37.6 minutes
--- #50 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 45.7% longer than state average
--- 36.2% longer than national average
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#11. Ouray County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.41%
--- #477 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 114.2% more common than state average
--- 52.0% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 28.4 minutes
--- #642 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 10.1% longer than state average
--- 2.9% longer than national average
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#10. Park County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.47%
--- #460 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 117.1% more common than state average
--- 54.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 38 minutes
--- #45 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 47.3% longer than state average
--- 37.7% longer than national average
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#9. Chaffee County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.53%
--- #453 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 119.8% more common than state average
--- 56.0% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 19.2 minutes
--- #2,458 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 25.6% shorter than state average
--- 30.4% shorter than national average
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#8. Teller County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.02%
--- #358 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 143.5% more common than state average
--- 72.8% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 32.9 minutes
--- #202 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 27.5% longer than state average
--- 19.2% longer than national average
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#7. Sedgwick County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.22%
--- #326 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 153.2% more common than state average
--- 79.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 21.5 minutes
--- #2,035 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 16.7% shorter than state average
--- 22.1% shorter than national average
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#6. Delta County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.52%
--- #272 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 167.8% more common than state average
--- 90.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 28.6 minutes
--- #615 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 10.9% longer than state average
--- 3.6% longer than national average
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#5. Elbert County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.61%
--- #263 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 172.0% more common than state average
--- 93.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 39.3 minutes
--- #29 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 52.3% longer than state average
--- 42.4% longer than national average
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#4. Washington County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.25%
--- #189 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 203.3% more common than state average
--- 115.3% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 24.6 minutes
--- #1,335 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.7% shorter than state average
--- 10.9% shorter than national average
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#3. Garfield County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.90%
--- #139 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 234.7% more common than state average
--- 137.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 32.3 minutes
--- #240 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 25.2% longer than state average
--- 17.0% longer than national average
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#2. Custer County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.46%
--- #107 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 262.1% more common than state average
--- 157.0% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 31.3 minutes
--- #316 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.3% longer than state average
--- 13.4% longer than national average
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#1. Jackson County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 10.13%
--- #38 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 391.4% more common than state average
--- 248.8% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 29.2 minutes
--- #536 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 13.2% longer than state average
--- 5.8% longer than national average

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