Counties with the worst commutes in Georgia

Written by:
July 27, 2022
Canva

Counties with the worst commutes in Georgia

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 Georgia 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.

You may also like: Best places to retire in Georgia

1 / 50
Rascal89 // Wikimedia Commons

#50. Polk County

- Average Commute Time: 29.2 minutes
--- 0.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 40.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.5%), carpooled (10.4%), walked to work (2.4%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (3.1%)
2 / 50
Rivers Langley; SaveRivers // Wikimedia Commons

#49. Quitman County

- Average Commute Time: 29.3 minutes
--- 0.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 30.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.6%), carpooled (12.3%), walked to work (0.0%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (2.1%)
3 / 50
Thomson200 // Wikimedia Commons

#48. Bartow County

- Average Commute Time: 29.3 minutes
--- 0.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 40.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.7%), carpooled (10.4%), walked to work (0.7%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (6.8%)
4 / 50
Thomson200 // Wikimedia Commons

#47. Haralson County

- Average Commute Time: 29.4 minutes
--- 0.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 52.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.4%), carpooled (14.7%), walked to work (0.1%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (4.2%)
5 / 50
Michael Rivera // Wikimedia Commons

#46. Carroll County

- Average Commute Time: 29.4 minutes
--- 0.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 38.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.6%), carpooled (11.8%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (5.0%)

You may also like: What Georgia's immigrant population looked like in 1900

6 / 50
JERRYE & ROY KLOTZ MD // Wikimedia Commons

#45. Johnson County

- Average Commute Time: 29.5 minutes
--- 0.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 27.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 59.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.2%), carpooled (19.9%), walked to work (1.9%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (4.6%)
7 / 50
Canva

#44. Twiggs County

- Average Commute Time: 29.6 minutes
--- 0.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 79.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (87.6%), carpooled (5.4%), walked to work (0.1%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (5.4%)
8 / 50
Canva

#43. McIntosh County

- Average Commute Time: 29.6 minutes
--- 0.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 56.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.8%), carpooled (8.8%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (7.7%)
9 / 50
Bubba73 (Jud McCranie) // Wikimedia Commons

#42. Long County

- Average Commute Time: 29.8 minutes
--- 1.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 11.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 25.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 75.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.7%), carpooled (14.1%), walked to work (0.3%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (4.7%)
10 / 50
Blastoids // Wikimedia Commons

#41. Jefferson County

- Average Commute Time: 29.8 minutes
--- 1.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 49.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.4%), carpooled (11.2%), walked to work (1.5%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (2.2%)

You may also like: Counties with the lowest home prices in Georgia

11 / 50
Airplanespotter15 // Wikimedia Commons

#40. Crawford County

- Average Commute Time: 30 minutes
--- 1.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 10.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 74.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.9%), carpooled (6.5%), walked to work (0.4%), public transportation (2.3%), worked from home (3.9%)
12 / 50
Farrargirl // Wikimedia Commons

#39. Charlton County

- Average Commute Time: 30.2 minutes
--- 1.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 15.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 24.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (91.5%), carpooled (3.9%), walked to work (0.2%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (3.1%)
13 / 50
JERRYE & ROY KLOTZ MD // Wikimedia Commons

#38. Treutlen County

- Average Commute Time: 30.3 minutes
--- 1.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 15.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 60.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.8%), carpooled (14.5%), walked to work (0.0%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (0.0%)
14 / 50
Bubba73 (Jud McCranie) // Wikimedia Commons

#37. Effingham County

- Average Commute Time: 30.4 minutes
--- 1.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 22.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 62.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (88.5%), carpooled (5.6%), walked to work (0.7%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (3.1%)
15 / 50
Thomsonmg2000 // Wikimedia Commons

#36. Gilmer County

- Average Commute Time: 31 minutes
--- 2.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 17.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 37.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.9%), carpooled (17.1%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (6.2%)

You may also like: Most popular baby names for girls of the last decade in Georgia

16 / 50
Canva

#35. Taliaferro County

- Average Commute Time: 31.1 minutes
--- 2.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 22.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 72.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.0%), carpooled (13.0%), walked to work (0.8%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (10.0%)
17 / 50
Canva

#34. Jackson County

- Average Commute Time: 31.1 minutes
--- 2.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 56.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.8%), carpooled (8.4%), walked to work (0.3%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (6.3%)
18 / 50
Thomson200 // Wikimedia Commons

#33. Dawson County

- Average Commute Time: 31.1 minutes
--- 2.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 54.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.3%), carpooled (10.0%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (8.7%)
19 / 50
Thomson200 // Wikimedia Commons

#32. Cobb County

- Average Commute Time: 31.2 minutes
--- 2.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 9.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 39.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.0%), carpooled (7.4%), walked to work (1.1%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (11.5%)
20 / 50
John Trainor // Wikimedia Commons

#31. Lamar County

- Average Commute Time: 31.2 minutes
--- 2.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 20.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 59.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.4%), carpooled (5.9%), walked to work (2.3%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (2.6%)

You may also like: Georgia is the #6 state that will be the most affected if Roe v. Wade is overturned

21 / 50
Richardelainechambers // Wikimedia Commons

#30. Banks County

- Average Commute Time: 31.5 minutes
--- 2.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 70.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.3%), carpooled (11.6%), walked to work (1.1%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (6.7%)
22 / 50
John Trainor // Wikimedia Commons

#29. Coweta County

- Average Commute Time: 31.6 minutes
--- 2.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 50.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.1%), carpooled (9.2%), walked to work (0.9%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (6.9%)
23 / 50
Bubba73 (Jud McCranie) // Wikimedia Commons

#28. Bryan County

- Average Commute Time: 31.7 minutes
--- 3.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 69.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.9%), carpooled (6.8%), walked to work (0.8%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (4.1%)
24 / 50
Michael Rivera // Wikimedia Commons

#27. Brantley County

- Average Commute Time: 31.9 minutes
--- 3.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 73.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (89.4%), carpooled (6.7%), walked to work (0.0%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (1.5%)
25 / 50
Truth Falcon // Wikimedia Commons

#26. DeKalb County

- Average Commute Time: 32 minutes
--- 3.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 11.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 10.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 51.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (69.6%), carpooled (10.0%), walked to work (1.5%), public transportation (6.6%), worked from home (10.2%)

You may also like: Where people in Georgia are moving to most

26 / 50
Thomson200 // Wikimedia Commons

#25. Clayton County

- Average Commute Time: 32.1 minutes
--- 3.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 60.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.9%), carpooled (13.1%), walked to work (1.0%), public transportation (3.7%), worked from home (4.7%)
27 / 50
PTCdude // Wikimedia Commons

#24. Fayette County

- Average Commute Time: 32.2 minutes
--- 3.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 14.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 12.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 45.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.2%), carpooled (7.2%), walked to work (0.2%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (11.8%)
28 / 50
Thomson200 // Wikimedia Commons

#23. Pickens County

- Average Commute Time: 32.2 minutes
--- 3.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 17.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 48.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.3%), carpooled (14.0%), walked to work (0.5%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (9.2%)
29 / 50
Bubba73 // Wikimedia Commons

#22. Wheeler County

- Average Commute Time: 32.3 minutes
--- 3.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 22.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 69.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (91.4%), carpooled (3.9%), walked to work (0.0%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (3.7%)
30 / 50
Robbie Honerkamp // Wikimedia Commons

#21. Stewart County

- Average Commute Time: 32.5 minutes
--- 3.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 21.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 10.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 50.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.8%), carpooled (17.9%), walked to work (0.2%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (0.1%)

You may also like: Lowest-earning counties in Georgia

31 / 50
Michael Rivera // Wikimedia Commons

#20. Butts County

- Average Commute Time: 32.6 minutes
--- 3.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 15.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 59.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.8%), carpooled (6.9%), walked to work (0.4%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (5.9%)
32 / 50
Canva

#19. Screven County

- Average Commute Time: 32.7 minutes
--- 4.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 20.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 48.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.4%), carpooled (10.7%), walked to work (0.3%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (2.6%)
33 / 50
Thomson200 // Wikimedia Commons

#18. Forsyth County

- Average Commute Time: 33.1 minutes
--- 4.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 16.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 9.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 47.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.4%), carpooled (6.9%), walked to work (0.5%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (17.3%)
34 / 50
Upstateherd // Wikimedia Commons

#17. Glascock County

- Average Commute Time: 33.5 minutes
--- 4.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 77.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (93.4%), carpooled (5.8%), walked to work (0.2%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (0.4%)
35 / 50
csmith/dbb1 // Wikimedia Commons

#16. Henry County

- Average Commute Time: 33.7 minutes
--- 5.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 14.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 53.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.7%), carpooled (8.1%), walked to work (0.3%), public transportation (1.2%), worked from home (7.8%)

You may also like: Best counties to retire to in Georgia

36 / 50
Kåre Thor Olsen // Wikimedia Commons

#15. Douglas County

- Average Commute Time: 33.7 minutes
--- 5.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 16.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 60.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.1%), carpooled (8.4%), walked to work (0.1%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (7.5%)
37 / 50
Skarg // Wikimedia Commons

#14. Rockdale County

- Average Commute Time: 33.8 minutes
--- 5.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 18.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 54.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.6%), carpooled (9.3%), walked to work (0.8%), public transportation (1.0%), worked from home (7.4%)
38 / 50
Ashley.farrow // Wikimedia Commons

#13. Barrow County

- Average Commute Time: 33.9 minutes
--- 5.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 15.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 66.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.8%), carpooled (11.5%), walked to work (0.8%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (4.7%)
39 / 50
Canva

#12. Walton County

- Average Commute Time: 33.9 minutes
--- 5.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 17.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 56.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.2%), carpooled (9.8%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (6.3%)
40 / 50
John Trainor // Wikimedia Commons

#11. Gwinnett County

- Average Commute Time: 34.2 minutes
--- 5.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 16.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 12.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 39.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.8%), carpooled (11.2%), walked to work (0.8%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (8.9%)

You may also like: Highest-rated Class of 2022 football recruits from Georgia

41 / 50
JERRYE & ROY KLOTZ MD // Wikimedia Commons

#10. Lincoln County

- Average Commute Time: 34.2 minutes
--- 5.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 17.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 44.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.7%), carpooled (6.9%), walked to work (0.8%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (3.0%)
42 / 50
Canva

#9. Newton County

- Average Commute Time: 34.2 minutes
--- 5.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 18.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 59.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.3%), carpooled (9.0%), walked to work (1.0%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (6.3%)
43 / 50
Rivers Langley; SaveRivers // Wikimedia Commons

#8. Talbot County

- Average Commute Time: 34.3 minutes
--- 5.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 84.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.8%), carpooled (9.9%), walked to work (0.5%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (1.4%)
44 / 50
Thomson M // Wikimedia Commons

#7. Cherokee County

- Average Commute Time: 35 minutes
--- 6.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 18.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 51.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.8%), carpooled (8.7%), walked to work (0.8%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (12.1%)
45 / 50
Canva

#6. Heard County

- Average Commute Time: 35.1 minutes
--- 6.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 16.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 22.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 65.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.4%), carpooled (11.6%), walked to work (0.3%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (2.4%)

You may also like: Most popular baby names for boys of the last decade in Georgia

46 / 50
Rivers Langley; SaveRivers // Wikimedia Commons

#5. Marion County

- Average Commute Time: 35.2 minutes
--- 6.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 63.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.4%), carpooled (13.1%), walked to work (0.3%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (4.8%)
47 / 50
Michael Rivera // Wikimedia Commons

#4. Pike County

- Average Commute Time: 35.4 minutes
--- 6.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 18.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 74.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.1%), carpooled (10.1%), walked to work (0.4%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (3.6%)
48 / 50
SaveRivers // Wikimedia Commons

#3. Meriwether County

- Average Commute Time: 35.5 minutes
--- 6.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 15.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 70.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.7%), carpooled (9.7%), walked to work (2.5%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (1.8%)
49 / 50
Canva

#2. Jasper County

- Average Commute Time: 35.7 minutes
--- 7.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 19.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 67.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.6%), carpooled (9.6%), walked to work (0.7%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (3.5%)
50 / 50
Canva

#1. Paulding County

- Average Commute Time: 39.2 minutes
--- 10.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 23.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 65.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.9%), carpooled (7.9%), walked to work (0.3%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (8.5%)

You may also like: Biggest sources of immigrants to Georgia

Trending Now