Counties with the worst commutes in Idaho

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September 26, 2021
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Counties with the worst commutes in Idaho

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 Idaho 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. Washington County

- 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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 14.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (69.9%), carpooled (11.9%), walked (7.4%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (7.6%)

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#29. Latah County

- Average commute time: 19 minutes
--- #2,492 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 10.0% shorter than state average
--- 31.2% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 11.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 6.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (65.9%), carpooled (11.2%), walked (13.6%), public transportation (1.2%), worked from home (4.1%)

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#28. Bonneville County

- 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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 11.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.1%), carpooled (10.3%), walked (1.6%), public transportation (3%), worked from home (4.8%)

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#27. Blaine County

- 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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 5.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 3.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76%), carpooled (6.4%), walked (3%), public transportation (1.7%), worked from home (10.1%)

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#26. Payette County

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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 17.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82%), carpooled (10.4%), walked (3.1%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (3.6%)

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#25. Shoshone County

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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 27.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 12%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.6%), carpooled (9.9%), walked (6.8%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (5%)

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#24. Elmore County

- 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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 16.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.2%), carpooled (12.5%), walked (1.9%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (4.1%)

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#23. Ada County

- Average commute time: 20.7 minutes
--- #2,191 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 1.9% shorter than state average
--- 25.0% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 9.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 6.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.6%), carpooled (7.4%), walked (1.6%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (7.3%)

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#22. Kootenai County

- Average commute time: 21.9 minutes
--- #1,962 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 3.8% longer than state average
--- 20.7% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 3.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.8%), carpooled (9.3%), walked (1.9%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (6.1%)

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#21. Benewah County

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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 26.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 18.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.1%), carpooled (9.6%), walked (4.7%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (4.5%)

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#20. Gooding County

- 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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 35.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.3%), carpooled (7.3%), walked (2.9%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (7.5%)

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#19. Lewis County

- 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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 21.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 33.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.1%), carpooled (9.4%), walked (7.5%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (5.5%)

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#18. Oneida County

- 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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 30.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 2.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.8%), carpooled (16%), walked (2.8%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (4.3%)

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#17. Bingham County

- 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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 34.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.5%), carpooled (14.4%), walked (2.1%), public transportation (2.7%), worked from home (4.7%)

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#16. Jefferson County

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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 55%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.9%), carpooled (10.9%), walked (2.4%), public transportation (2.7%), worked from home (6.3%)

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#15. Canyon County

- Average commute time: 24.6 minutes
--- #1,335 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 16.6% longer than state average
--- 10.9% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 36.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79%), carpooled (12.1%), walked (1.6%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (5.6%)

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#14. Adams County

- 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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 13.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 41.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (69.7%), carpooled (12.4%), walked (2.7%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (13.5%)

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#13. Fremont County

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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 11.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 42.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79%), carpooled (9.9%), walked (2.6%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (6.4%)

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#12. Clark County

- 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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 48.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.4%), carpooled (7.8%), walked (5.1%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (6.6%)

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#11. Bear Lake County

- 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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 8.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 21.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 18.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (71.8%), carpooled (15.9%), walked (4.4%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (6.3%)

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#10. Bonner County

- 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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 11.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.3%), carpooled (10.8%), walked (2.8%), public transportation (1%), worked from home (9.7%)

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#9. Owyhee County

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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 53.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.7%), carpooled (12.1%), walked (5.2%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (6.3%)

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#8. Franklin County

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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 26.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.7%), carpooled (10.7%), walked (2.1%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (4.5%)

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#7. Boundary County

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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 25.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 11.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.2%), carpooled (9.6%), walked (3.8%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (6.9%)

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#6. Gem County

- Average commute time: 29.1 minutes
--- #548 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 37.9% longer than state average
--- 5.4% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 43.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.2%), carpooled (12.3%), walked (0.8%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (8.2%)

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#5. Teton County

- Average commute time: 29.3 minutes
--- #522 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 38.9% longer than state average
--- 6.2% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 8.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (65%), carpooled (17.8%), walked (2%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (13.4%)

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#4. Clearwater County

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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 27.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 19.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.4%), carpooled (11.2%), walked (3.5%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (5.9%)

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#3. Lincoln County

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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 45.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (71.7%), carpooled (16.1%), walked (3.9%), public transportation (1.3%), worked from home (6.5%)

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#2. Boise County

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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 51.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (67.7%), carpooled (14.1%), walked (6%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (9.5%)

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#1. Camas County

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

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 13.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 10.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 53.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.3%), carpooled (7.1%), walked (0%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (11.2%)

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