Counties with the worst commutes in Colorado

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April 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 2019. Think you have a long trip to work? Read on to compare it against the worst commutes statewide.

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#30. Sedgwick County

- 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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 9.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (64.5%), carpooled (12.9%), walked (8.5%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (12.8%)

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#29. Pueblo County

- 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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 10.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.5%), carpooled (11%), walked (2.1%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (2.8%)

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#28. Eagle County

- Average commute time: 22.8 minutes
--- #1,758 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 11.6% shorter than state average
--- 17.4% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 7.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 15%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.5%), carpooled (5.6%), walked (3%), public transportation (3.3%), worked from home (10.3%)

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#27. Costilla County

- Average commute time: 22.9 minutes
--- #1,733 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 11.2% shorter than state average
--- 17.0% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 5.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 30.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (64.3%), carpooled (25.1%), walked (3.9%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (6.7%)

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#26. Conejos County

- Average commute time: 23.1 minutes
--- #1,691 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 10.5% shorter than state average
--- 16.3% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 11.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 40.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (70.4%), carpooled (19.6%), walked (3.2%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (5.3%)

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#25. Boulder County

- 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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 7.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 19.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (65%), carpooled (7.2%), walked (5%), public transportation (4.9%), worked from home (12.8%)

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#24. Fremont County

- 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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 21.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.5%), carpooled (10.1%), walked (1.9%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (6.5%)

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#23. Larimer County

- Average commute time: 23.5 minutes
--- #1,604 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 8.9% shorter than state average
--- 14.9% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 15.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.9%), carpooled (8%), walked (2.7%), public transportation (1.6%), worked from home (8.6%)

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#22. El Paso County

- Average commute time: 23.7 minutes
--- #1,553 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 8.1% shorter than state average
--- 14.1% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77%), carpooled (10.4%), walked (3.5%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (6.9%)

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#21. Grand County

- 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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 9.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (64.7%), carpooled (8.6%), walked (6.6%), public transportation (2.1%), worked from home (15.7%)

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#20. Washington County

- 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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 31.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (70.8%), carpooled (12.6%), walked (2.8%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (12.9%)

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#19. Moffat County

- Average commute time: 25.6 minutes
--- #1,126 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 0.8% shorter than state average
--- 7.2% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 32.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (71.6%), carpooled (18.3%), walked (3.9%), public transportation (1%), worked from home (4.4%)

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#18. Denver County

- Average commute time: 25.9 minutes
--- #1,062 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 0.4% longer than state average
--- 6.2% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 10.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 36.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (69.1%), carpooled (7.7%), walked (4.7%), public transportation (6.5%), worked from home (8.5%)

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#17. Weld County

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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 19.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 39.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.4%), carpooled (9.6%), walked (1.9%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (6.2%)

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#16. Douglas County

- Average commute time: 27.8 minutes
--- #741 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 7.8% longer than state average
--- 0.7% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 10.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 51.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.7%), carpooled (6.8%), walked (1.2%), public transportation (1.8%), worked from home (12.4%)

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#15. Jefferson County

- Average commute time: 28 minutes
--- #699 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 8.5% longer than state average
--- 1.4% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 49.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.6%), carpooled (7%), walked (1.5%), public transportation (3.4%), worked from home (9.1%)

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#14. Broomfield County

- Average commute time: 28.1 minutes
--- #685 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 8.9% longer than state average
--- 1.8% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 9.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 67.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.2%), carpooled (6.9%), walked (1.1%), public transportation (4.5%), worked from home (10.6%)

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#13. Arapahoe County

- Average commute time: 28.1 minutes
--- #685 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 8.9% longer than state average
--- 1.8% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 13.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 48.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77%), carpooled (8.7%), walked (1.5%), public transportation (4.1%), worked from home (7.4%)

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#12. Ouray County

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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 6.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 23.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (65.5%), carpooled (8.2%), walked (7.9%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (17%)

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#11. Delta County

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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 19.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 24.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.5%), carpooled (12.1%), walked (3.5%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (10.6%)

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#10. Jackson County

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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 10.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 8.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (64.4%), carpooled (6.2%), walked (13.7%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (13.7%)

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#9. Clear Creek County

- Average commute time: 29.5 minutes
--- #492 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 14.3% longer than state average
--- 6.9% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 0.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 53.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (68.9%), carpooled (10.7%), walked (5%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (12.9%)

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#8. Adams County

- Average commute time: 29.8 minutes
--- #464 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 15.5% longer than state average
--- 8.0% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 59.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.4%), carpooled (10.4%), walked (1.1%), public transportation (3.6%), worked from home (5.4%)

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#7. Custer County

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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 6.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 35.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.3%), carpooled (3.5%), walked (4.8%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (17.2%)

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#6. Lake County

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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 48.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.1%), carpooled (14.9%), walked (2.8%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (6.7%)

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#5. Garfield County

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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 24.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (70.1%), carpooled (12.2%), walked (3.5%), public transportation (4.1%), worked from home (7.5%)

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#4. Teller County

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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 36.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.8%), carpooled (10.2%), walked (1.8%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (9.3%)

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#3. Gilpin County

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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 50.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.4%), carpooled (8.3%), walked (1.2%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (14%)

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#2. Park County

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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 20.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 60.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.9%), carpooled (11.1%), walked (1.2%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (10.5%)

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#1. Elbert County

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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 20.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 64.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.2%), carpooled (7.8%), walked (1%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (9.6%)

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