Counties with the most super commuters in Idaho

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

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 Idaho 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. Butte County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.88%
--- #1,948 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 3.0% more common than state average
--- 35.2% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 18.6 minutes
--- #2,559 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 11.8% shorter than state average
--- 32.6% shorter than national average
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#29. Valley County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.91%
--- #1,912 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 4.8% more common than state average
--- 34.1% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 14.6 minutes
--- #2,982 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 30.8% shorter than state average
--- 47.1% shorter than national average
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#28. Elmore County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.96%
--- #1,857 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 7.5% more common than state average
--- 32.3% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 20.4 minutes
--- #2,246 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 3.3% shorter than state average
--- 26.1% shorter than national average
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#27. Bonneville County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.05%
--- #1,764 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 12.1% more common than state average
--- 29.5% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 19.3 minutes
--- #2,441 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 8.5% shorter than state average
--- 30.1% shorter than national average
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#26. Payette County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.05%
--- #1,756 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 12.4% more common than state average
--- 29.3% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 20 minutes
--- #2,310 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 5.2% shorter than state average
--- 27.5% shorter than national average
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#25. Clark County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.09%
--- #1,722 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 14.6% more common than state average
--- 27.9% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 25.2 minutes
--- #1,205 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 19.4% longer than state average
--- 8.7% shorter than national average
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#24. Lemhi County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.19%
--- #1,631 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 20.0% more common than state average
--- 24.5% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 15.7 minutes
--- #2,913 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 25.6% shorter than state average
--- 43.1% shorter than national average
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#23. Twin Falls County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.38%
--- #1,469 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 30.5% more common than state average
--- 17.9% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 18.3 minutes
--- #2,604 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 13.3% shorter than state average
--- 33.7% shorter than national average
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#22. Jefferson County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.39%
--- #1,464 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 30.8% more common than state average
--- 17.7% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 24 minutes
--- #1,486 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 13.7% longer than state average
--- 13.0% shorter than national average
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#21. Owyhee County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.49%
--- #1,374 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 36.3% more common than state average
--- 14.3% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 26 minutes
--- #1,044 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 23.2% longer than state average
--- 5.8% shorter than national average
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#20. Bannock County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.49%
--- #1,369 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 36.4% more common than state average
--- 14.2% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 18.1 minutes
--- #2,647 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 14.2% shorter than state average
--- 34.4% shorter than national average
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#19. Lincoln County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.52%
--- #1,348 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 37.7% more common than state average
--- 13.3% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 29.6 minutes
--- #485 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 40.3% longer than state average
--- 7.2% longer than national average
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#18. Shoshone County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.55%
--- #1,322 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 39.7% more common than state average
--- 12.1% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 20 minutes
--- #2,310 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 5.2% shorter than state average
--- 27.5% shorter than national average
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#17. Washington County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.62%
--- #1,264 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 43.5% more common than state average
--- 9.7% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 18.8 minutes
--- #2,532 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 10.9% shorter than state average
--- 31.9% shorter than national average
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#16. Lewis County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.71%
--- #1,200 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 48.2% more common than state average
--- 6.8% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 22.7 minutes
--- #1,785 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 7.6% longer than state average
--- 17.8% shorter than national average
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#15. Bingham County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.79%
--- #1,145 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 52.8% more common than state average
--- 3.9% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 23.3 minutes
--- #1,651 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 10.4% longer than state average
--- 15.6% shorter than national average
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#14. Bonner County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.93%
--- #1,052 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 60.6% more common than state average
--- 1.0% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 25.8 minutes
--- #1,087 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 22.3% longer than state average
--- 6.5% shorter than national average
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#13. Gooding County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.14%
--- #946 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 71.8% more common than state average
--- 8.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 22.2 minutes
--- #1,900 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 5.2% longer than state average
--- 19.6% shorter than national average
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#12. Franklin County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.21%
--- #909 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 75.6% more common than state average
--- 10.5% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 27.1 minutes
--- #846 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 28.4% longer than state average
--- 1.8% shorter than national average
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#11. Adams County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.28%
--- #882 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 79.5% more common than state average
--- 12.9% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 24.8 minutes
--- #1,289 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 17.5% longer than state average
--- 10.1% shorter than national average
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#10. Blaine County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.32%
--- #849 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 82.0% more common than state average
--- 14.5% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 19.6 minutes
--- #2,383 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 7.1% shorter than state average
--- 29.0% shorter than national average
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#9. Oneida County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.49%
--- #768 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 91.2% more common than state average
--- 20.3% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 22.7 minutes
--- #1,785 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 7.6% longer than state average
--- 17.8% shorter than national average
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#8. Custer County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.76%
--- #672 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 105.7% more common than state average
--- 29.4% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 18.3 minutes
--- #2,604 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 13.3% shorter than state average
--- 33.7% shorter than national average
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#7. Benewah County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.84%
--- #646 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 110.1% more common than state average
--- 32.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 22 minutes
--- #1,941 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.3% longer than state average
--- 20.3% shorter than national average
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#6. Fremont County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.16%
--- #334 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 182.5% more common than state average
--- 77.8% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 25 minutes
--- #1,241 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 18.5% longer than state average
--- 9.4% shorter than national average
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#5. Boundary County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.22%
--- #327 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 185.5% more common than state average
--- 79.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 28.4 minutes
--- #642 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 34.6% longer than state average
--- 2.9% longer than national average
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#4. Clearwater County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.18%
--- #194 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 238.5% more common than state average
--- 113.0% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 29.5 minutes
--- #492 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 39.8% longer than state average
--- 6.9% longer than national average
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#3. Boise County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.54%
--- #162 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 257.9% more common than state average
--- 125.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 38 minutes
--- #45 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 80.1% longer than state average
--- 37.7% longer than national average
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#2. Bear Lake County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 8.80%
--- #69 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 381.7% more common than state average
--- 203.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 25.5 minutes
--- #1,146 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 20.9% longer than state average
--- 7.6% shorter than national average
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#1. Camas County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 13.01%
--- #10 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 612.3% more common than state average
--- 348.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 39.1 minutes
--- #31 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 85.3% longer than state average
--- 41.7% longer than national average

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