Counties with the worst commutes in Colorado

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July 27, 2022
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Counties with the worst commutes in Colorado

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 Colorado using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by longest average commute time in 2020. Think you have a long trip to work? Read on to compare it against the worst commutes statewide.

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#50. Logan County

- Average Commute Time: 17 minutes
--- 8.8 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 10.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.0%), carpooled (12.3%), walked to work (3.5%), public transportation (2.6%), worked from home (7.8%)
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#49. Lincoln County

- Average Commute Time: 17.1 minutes
--- 8.7 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 10.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 11.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.3%), carpooled (11.6%), walked to work (3.5%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (8.3%)
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#48. Rio Grande County

- Average Commute Time: 18.1 minutes
--- 7.7 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 4.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 29.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.6%), carpooled (8.4%), walked to work (2.6%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (4.7%)
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#47. San Miguel County

- Average Commute Time: 18.2 minutes
--- 7.6 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 2.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 7.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 2.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (53.6%), carpooled (5.2%), walked to work (16.7%), public transportation (6.1%), worked from home (13.7%)
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#46. Dolores County

- Average Commute Time: 18.2 minutes
--- 7.6 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 8.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 40.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.7%), carpooled (5.1%), walked to work (3.5%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (16.0%)

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#45. Summit County

- Average Commute Time: 18.5 minutes
--- 7.3 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 10.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (66.6%), carpooled (5.5%), walked to work (6.2%), public transportation (7.6%), worked from home (12.6%)
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#44. Pitkin County

- Average Commute Time: 18.7 minutes
--- 7.1 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 9.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 8.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (52.1%), carpooled (4.4%), walked to work (8.9%), public transportation (15.5%), worked from home (13.2%)
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#43. Morgan County

- Average Commute Time: 18.7 minutes
--- 7.1 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 24.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 9.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.5%), carpooled (15.2%), walked to work (1.6%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (5.8%)
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#42. Chaffee County

- Average Commute Time: 18.8 minutes
--- 7.0 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 9.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 6.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (67.7%), carpooled (8.4%), walked to work (5.1%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (13.5%)
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#41. Mesa County

- Average Commute Time: 18.9 minutes
--- 6.9 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 12.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 3.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.0%), carpooled (8.3%), walked to work (3.1%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (8.2%)

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#40. Montrose County

- Average Commute Time: 19 minutes
--- 6.8 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 12.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.5%), carpooled (10.2%), walked to work (2.4%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (8.1%)
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#39. Las Animas County

- Average Commute Time: 19 minutes
--- 6.8 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 11.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (68.9%), carpooled (15.8%), walked to work (4.4%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (8.0%)
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#38. Routt County

- Average Commute Time: 19.2 minutes
--- 6.6 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 8.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 3.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (68.2%), carpooled (7.7%), walked to work (3.8%), public transportation (2.9%), worked from home (12.5%)
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#37. Montezuma County

- Average Commute Time: 20.1 minutes
--- 5.7 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 10.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 7.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.9%), carpooled (8.4%), walked to work (4.2%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (6.6%)
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#36. Huerfano County

- Average Commute Time: 20.5 minutes
--- 5.3 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 12.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 9.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (69.4%), carpooled (5.8%), walked to work (5.5%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (17.9%)

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#35. Archuleta County

- Average Commute Time: 20.6 minutes
--- 5.2 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 5.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 7.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (70.4%), carpooled (11.7%), walked to work (3.0%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (13.5%)
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#34. Otero County

- Average Commute Time: 21.1 minutes
--- 4.7 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 15.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.3%), carpooled (12.8%), walked to work (2.4%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (3.9%)
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#33. Crowley County

- Average Commute Time: 21.3 minutes
--- 4.5 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 11.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 50.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.2%), carpooled (10.1%), walked to work (2.8%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (8.4%)
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#32. Saguache County

- Average Commute Time: 21.4 minutes
--- 4.4 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 9.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 29.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (65.7%), carpooled (14.8%), walked to work (4.6%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (13.9%)
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#31. Sedgwick County

- Average Commute Time: 21.5 minutes
--- 4.3 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 9.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (71.2%), carpooled (12.0%), walked to work (6.7%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (8.7%)

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#30. La Plata County

- Average Commute Time: 21.7 minutes
--- 4.1 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 10.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 2.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (71.3%), carpooled (7.2%), walked to work (5.2%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (11.8%)
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#29. Pueblo County

- Average Commute Time: 22.2 minutes
--- 3.6 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 10.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.8%), carpooled (10.9%), walked to work (1.6%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (3.9%)
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#28. Eagle County

- Average Commute Time: 23.3 minutes
--- 2.5 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 7.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 15.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.7%), carpooled (5.8%), walked to work (3.1%), public transportation (3.2%), worked from home (11.8%)
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#27. Boulder County

- Average Commute Time: 23.5 minutes
--- 2.3 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 7.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 18.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (62.7%), carpooled (7.0%), walked to work (4.6%), public transportation (4.8%), worked from home (16.1%)
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#26. Larimer County

- Average Commute Time: 23.6 minutes
--- 2.2 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 12.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 14.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.0%), carpooled (7.3%), walked to work (2.8%), public transportation (1.4%), worked from home (11.7%)

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#25. Washington County

- Average Commute Time: 23.7 minutes
--- 2.1 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 31.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (71.0%), carpooled (11.8%), walked to work (4.6%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (11.6%)
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#24. Costilla County

- Average Commute Time: 23.9 minutes
--- 1.9 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 2.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 33.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (65.7%), carpooled (23.5%), walked to work (4.6%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (6.2%)
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#23. El Paso County

- Average Commute Time: 23.9 minutes
--- 1.9 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.2%), carpooled (10.2%), walked to work (3.4%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (9.1%)
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#22. Conejos County

- Average Commute Time: 24.4 minutes
--- 1.4 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 2.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 8.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 41.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (68.0%), carpooled (17.5%), walked to work (2.0%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (11.4%)
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#21. Grand County

- Average Commute Time: 24.6 minutes
--- 1.2 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 12.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 10.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (66.3%), carpooled (8.1%), walked to work (5.7%), public transportation (3.7%), worked from home (14.5%)

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#20. Moffat County

- Average Commute Time: 25.2 minutes
--- 0.6 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 15.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 35.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.7%), carpooled (21.4%), walked to work (1.6%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (3.2%)
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#19. Denver

- Average Commute Time: 25.7 minutes
--- 0.1 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 10.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 34.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (66.1%), carpooled (7.3%), walked to work (4.7%), public transportation (6.2%), worked from home (12.4%)
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#18. Fremont County

- Average Commute Time: 25.7 minutes
--- 0.1 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 19.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.2%), carpooled (9.8%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (8.6%)
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#17. Jackson County

- Average Commute Time: 26 minutes
--- 0.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 8.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 7.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (52.6%), carpooled (7.4%), walked to work (15.1%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (20.5%)
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#16. Broomfield

- Average Commute Time: 26.8 minutes
--- 1.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 9.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 62.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.7%), carpooled (6.3%), walked to work (1.1%), public transportation (3.6%), worked from home (14.2%)

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#15. Douglas County

- Average Commute Time: 27.7 minutes
--- 1.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 10.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 48.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.1%), carpooled (5.9%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (1.6%), worked from home (16.0%)
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#14. Jefferson County

- Average Commute Time: 27.8 minutes
--- 2.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.5%
- 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 (75.1%), carpooled (6.8%), walked to work (1.5%), public transportation (2.9%), worked from home (12.2%)
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#13. Weld County

- Average Commute Time: 27.9 minutes
--- 2.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 39.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.4%), carpooled (10.4%), walked to work (2.0%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (7.5%)
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#12. Arapahoe County

- Average Commute Time: 28.2 minutes
--- 2.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 47.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.7%), carpooled (8.7%), walked to work (1.5%), public transportation (3.6%), worked from home (10.0%)
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#11. Ouray County

- Average Commute Time: 28.6 minutes
--- 2.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 14.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 7.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 25.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (64.8%), carpooled (9.6%), walked to work (6.4%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (17.1%)

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#10. Clear Creek County

- Average Commute Time: 28.9 minutes
--- 3.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 11.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 48.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (68.5%), carpooled (8.3%), walked to work (5.5%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (15.4%)
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#9. Delta County

- Average Commute Time: 29 minutes
--- 3.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 15.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 25.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.0%), carpooled (12.8%), walked to work (3.0%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (10.9%)
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#8. Adams County

- Average Commute Time: 29.8 minutes
--- 4.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 57.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.1%), carpooled (10.9%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (3.4%), worked from home (7.2%)
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#7. Custer County

- Average Commute Time: 30.6 minutes
--- 4.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 19.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 1.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 32.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.9%), carpooled (2.3%), walked to work (4.2%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (18.4%)
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#6. Garfield County

- Average Commute Time: 31.7 minutes
--- 5.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 17.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 23.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (67.9%), carpooled (14.0%), walked to work (3.4%), public transportation (3.6%), worked from home (8.2%)

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#5. Teller County

- Average Commute Time: 33.4 minutes
--- 7.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 14.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 34.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.3%), carpooled (10.4%), walked to work (2.3%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (11.9%)
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#4. Lake County

- Average Commute Time: 35.7 minutes
--- 9.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 16.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 54.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (67.1%), carpooled (18.9%), walked to work (2.0%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (6.4%)
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#3. Park County

- Average Commute Time: 37.9 minutes
--- 12.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 20.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 56.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (69.5%), carpooled (11.3%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (15.4%)
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#2. Gilpin County

- Average Commute Time: 38.4 minutes
--- 12.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 29.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 51.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.1%), carpooled (9.3%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (15.2%)
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#1. Elbert County

- Average Commute Time: 42 minutes
--- 16.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 23.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 66.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.0%), carpooled (7.9%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (10.9%)

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