Counties with the most super commuters in Idaho

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August 19, 2022
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Counties with the most super commuters in Idaho

There are more than 283 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 26.9 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 Idaho using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest percent of workers with a commute over 90 minutes, based on 2020 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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#44. Power County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 0.0%
--- 60+ minute commute: 1.4%
- Average commute time: 16.5 minutes
--- 4.7 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 13.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 27.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (71.0%), carpooled (11.4%), walked to work (7.0%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (9.1%)
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#43. Jerome County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 0.5%
--- 60+ minute commute: 3.0%
- Average commute time: 18 minutes
--- 3.2 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 36.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.8%), carpooled (12.8%), walked to work (2.2%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (4.3%)
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#42. Custer County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 0.6%
--- 60+ minute commute: 8.6%
- Average commute time: 16.6 minutes
--- 4.6 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 11.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 10.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (54.8%), carpooled (10.9%), walked to work (7.0%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (24.4%)
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#41. Minidoka County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 0.7%
--- 60+ minute commute: 2.9%
- Average commute time: 16.2 minutes
--- 5.0 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 37.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.1%), carpooled (11.3%), walked to work (1.8%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (3.7%)
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#40. Madison County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 0.9%
--- 60+ minute commute: 2.3%
- Average commute time: 14.1 minutes
--- 7.1 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 6.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 16.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (67.0%), carpooled (16.1%), walked to work (7.1%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (8.2%)

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#39. Blaine County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.0%
--- 60+ minute commute: 3.6%
- Average commute time: 17.5 minutes
--- 3.7 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 8.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 1.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.4%), carpooled (7.3%), walked to work (2.8%), public transportation (1.3%), worked from home (12.8%)
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#38. Cassia County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.1%
--- 60+ minute commute: 3.3%
- Average commute time: 15.9 minutes
--- 5.3 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 25.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.5%), carpooled (8.5%), walked to work (2.5%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (4.4%)
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#37. Gem County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.1%
--- 60+ minute commute: 12.5%
- Average commute time: 28.8 minutes
--- 7.6 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 42.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.8%), carpooled (10.4%), walked to work (0.6%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (7.0%)
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#36. Idaho County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.3%
--- 60+ minute commute: 6.6%
- Average commute time: 17 minutes
--- 4.2 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 22.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 16.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.1%), carpooled (12.3%), walked to work (7.5%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (5.5%)
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#35. Lemhi County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.4%
--- 60+ minute commute: 3.3%
- Average commute time: 12.5 minutes
--- 8.7 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.9%), carpooled (9.9%), walked to work (5.5%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (7.9%)

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#34. Ada County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.4%
--- 60+ minute commute: 2.8%
- Average commute time: 20.9 minutes
--- 0.3 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 8.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 6.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.2%), carpooled (7.3%), walked to work (2.0%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (9.4%)
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#33. Payette County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.4%
--- 60+ minute commute: 5.4%
- Average commute time: 19.5 minutes
--- 1.7 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 17.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.2%), carpooled (7.3%), walked to work (2.5%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (3.2%)
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#32. Latah County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.5%
--- 60+ minute commute: 4.5%
- Average commute time: 19.3 minutes
--- 1.9 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 11.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 6.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (66.0%), carpooled (10.3%), walked to work (12.3%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (6.7%)
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#31. Teton County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.5%
--- 60+ minute commute: 12.8%
- Average commute time: 29.2 minutes
--- 8.0 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 9.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (71.3%), carpooled (10.0%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (2.1%), worked from home (14.1%)
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#30. Butte County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.7%
--- 60+ minute commute: 5.8%
- Average commute time: 19.2 minutes
--- 2.0 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 22.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 14.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (69.1%), carpooled (12.2%), walked to work (4.3%), public transportation (1.4%), worked from home (10.4%)

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#29. Lewis County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.7%
--- 60+ minute commute: 10.0%
- Average commute time: 21.3 minutes
--- 0.1 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 33.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.8%), carpooled (12.0%), walked to work (6.4%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (4.8%)
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#28. Nez Perce County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.7%
--- 60+ minute commute: 3.8%
- Average commute time: 17.4 minutes
--- 3.8 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 19.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 3.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.6%), carpooled (7.5%), walked to work (3.1%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (5.7%)
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#27. Canyon County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.8%
--- 60+ minute commute: 4.6%
- Average commute time: 25.4 minutes
--- 4.2 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 35.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.3%), carpooled (10.3%), walked to work (1.4%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (7.8%)
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#26. Kootenai County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.9%
--- 60+ minute commute: 4.7%
- Average commute time: 22.1 minutes
--- 0.9 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 13.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 2.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.7%), carpooled (9.1%), walked to work (1.5%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (8.3%)
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#25. Valley County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.9%
--- 60+ minute commute: 2.8%
- Average commute time: 14.1 minutes
--- 7.1 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 7.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 1.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.1%), carpooled (3.8%), walked to work (2.4%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (15.5%)

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#24. Caribou County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.9%
--- 60+ minute commute: 8.3%
- Average commute time: 18.1 minutes
--- 3.1 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 9.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.0%), carpooled (16.1%), walked to work (3.7%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (3.7%)
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#23. Bingham County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.0%
--- 60+ minute commute: 5.5%
- Average commute time: 23 minutes
--- 1.8 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 36.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.2%), carpooled (13.7%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (2.7%), worked from home (5.2%)
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#22. Twin Falls County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.0%
--- 60+ minute commute: 4.0%
- Average commute time: 19.1 minutes
--- 2.1 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 13.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.6%), carpooled (8.9%), walked to work (1.5%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (5.8%)
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#21. Franklin County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.2%
--- 60+ minute commute: 8.4%
- Average commute time: 26.3 minutes
--- 5.1 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 23.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.2%), carpooled (10.7%), walked to work (1.4%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (5.8%)
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#20. Jefferson County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.3%
--- 60+ minute commute: 5.7%
- Average commute time: 22.7 minutes
--- 1.5 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 11.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 50.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.7%), carpooled (10.2%), walked to work (2.1%), public transportation (1.9%), worked from home (7.9%)

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#19. Bonner County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.3%
--- 60+ minute commute: 7.8%
- Average commute time: 23.5 minutes
--- 2.3 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 10.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.2%), carpooled (10.5%), walked to work (2.8%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (7.3%)
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#18. Bonneville County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.5%
--- 60+ minute commute: 6.9%
- Average commute time: 19.8 minutes
--- 1.4 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 11.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.2%), carpooled (9.1%), walked to work (1.4%), public transportation (2.8%), worked from home (5.9%)
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#17. Lincoln County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.5%
--- 60+ minute commute: 20.6%
- Average commute time: 30.5 minutes
--- 9.3 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 49.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.6%), carpooled (18.0%), walked to work (2.3%), public transportation (1.1%), worked from home (3.6%)
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#16. Elmore County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.5%
--- 60+ minute commute: 5.9%
- Average commute time: 20.6 minutes
--- 0.6 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 14.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.1%), carpooled (11.8%), walked to work (2.4%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (2.8%)
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#15. Bannock County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.5%
--- 60+ minute commute: 5.1%
- Average commute time: 17.9 minutes
--- 3.3 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 11.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 10.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.6%), carpooled (10.6%), walked to work (2.4%), public transportation (1.0%), worked from home (6.6%)

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#14. Shoshone County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.7%
--- 60+ minute commute: 9.7%
- Average commute time: 20.9 minutes
--- 0.3 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 28.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 15.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.5%), carpooled (11.2%), walked to work (6.1%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (3.8%)
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#13. Owyhee County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.7%
--- 60+ minute commute: 13.2%
- Average commute time: 27.6 minutes
--- 6.4 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 20.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 53.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.4%), carpooled (12.3%), walked to work (4.5%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (9.4%)
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#12. Clark County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.9%
--- 60+ minute commute: 12.6%
- Average commute time: 26.2 minutes
--- 5.0 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 19.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 37.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (70.7%), carpooled (12.6%), walked to work (7.3%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (9.4%)
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#11. Oneida County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.0%
--- 60+ minute commute: 14.1%
- Average commute time: 24 minutes
--- 2.8 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 32.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.6%), carpooled (12.4%), walked to work (0.8%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (10.1%)
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#10. Gooding County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.1%
--- 60+ minute commute: 4.1%
- Average commute time: 21.8 minutes
--- 0.6 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 11.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 35.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.9%), carpooled (7.7%), walked to work (3.3%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (6.1%)

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#9. Washington County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.1%
--- 60+ minute commute: 6.0%
- Average commute time: 18 minutes
--- 3.2 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 11.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (70.2%), carpooled (10.9%), walked to work (6.6%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (7.7%)
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#8. Adams County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.2%
--- 60+ minute commute: 9.2%
- Average commute time: 22.9 minutes
--- 1.7 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 41.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (68.7%), carpooled (10.9%), walked to work (3.2%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (16.1%)
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#7. Fremont County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.3%
--- 60+ minute commute: 8.7%
- Average commute time: 22.9 minutes
--- 1.7 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 9.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 39.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.9%), carpooled (9.7%), walked to work (3.6%), public transportation (1.0%), worked from home (7.4%)
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#6. Boundary County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.7%
--- 60+ minute commute: 9.5%
- Average commute time: 24.3 minutes
--- 3.1 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 23.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 10.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.4%), carpooled (9.7%), walked to work (4.6%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (7.2%)
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#5. Benewah County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.2%
--- 60+ minute commute: 9.3%
- Average commute time: 21.2 minutes
--- 0.0 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 22.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 19.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.8%), carpooled (10.2%), walked to work (4.0%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (4.2%)

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#4. Boise County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.4%
--- 60+ minute commute: 17.9%
- Average commute time: 35.8 minutes
--- 14.6 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 11.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 50.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (67.9%), carpooled (13.1%), walked to work (5.5%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (10.7%)
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#3. Clearwater County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.8%
--- 60+ minute commute: 15.4%
- Average commute time: 24 minutes
--- 2.8 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 26.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 15.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.0%), carpooled (9.0%), walked to work (4.9%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (7.1%)
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#2. Camas County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 8.4%
--- 60+ minute commute: 30.6%
- Average commute time: 37.8 minutes
--- 16.6 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 7.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 54.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.9%), carpooled (8.8%), walked to work (0.0%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (16.9%)
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#1. Bear Lake County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 12.6%
--- 60+ minute commute: 18.3%
- Average commute time: 30.8 minutes
--- 9.6 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 24.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 24.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.9%), carpooled (13.2%), walked to work (3.4%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (6.7%)

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