Counties with the worst commutes in Kansas

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July 27, 2022
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Counties with the worst commutes in Kansas

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 Kansas 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.

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#50. Reno County

- Average Commute Time: 17.7 minutes
--- 1.9 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 13.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.2%), carpooled (8.1%), walked to work (1.7%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (3.9%)
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#49. Shawnee County

- Average Commute Time: 17.9 minutes
--- 1.7 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 9.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 6.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.3%), carpooled (9.8%), walked to work (1.8%), public transportation (1.1%), worked from home (5.1%)
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#48. Rice County

- Average Commute Time: 18.3 minutes
--- 1.3 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 2.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 28.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.3%), carpooled (10.3%), walked to work (5.0%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (4.2%)
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#47. Wilson County

- Average Commute Time: 18.8 minutes
--- 0.8 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 29.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 22.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.8%), carpooled (9.2%), walked to work (3.6%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (4.9%)
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#46. Lane County

- Average Commute Time: 18.8 minutes
--- 0.8 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 8.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 18.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.9%), carpooled (3.1%), walked to work (4.3%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (7.5%)

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#45. Hamilton County

- Average Commute Time: 19 minutes
--- 0.6 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 2.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 29.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 15.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (68.9%), carpooled (14.4%), walked to work (1.1%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (12.7%)
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#44. Ellsworth County

- Average Commute Time: 19 minutes
--- 0.6 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 24.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.7%), carpooled (7.6%), walked to work (2.1%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (7.0%)
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#43. Cherokee County

- Average Commute Time: 19.1 minutes
--- 0.5 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 1.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 13.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.3%), carpooled (8.5%), walked to work (3.2%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (4.8%)
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#42. Lincoln County

- Average Commute Time: 19.2 minutes
--- 0.4 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 2.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 31.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.9%), carpooled (9.5%), walked to work (5.1%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (10.5%)
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#41. Dickinson County

- Average Commute Time: 19.3 minutes
--- 0.3 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 36.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.4%), carpooled (9.7%), walked to work (3.0%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (6.2%)

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#40. Bourbon County

- Average Commute Time: 19.3 minutes
--- 0.3 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 13.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.5%), carpooled (12.1%), walked to work (2.7%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (8.1%)
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#39. Sedgwick County

- Average Commute Time: 19.5 minutes
--- 0.1 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 2.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.2%), carpooled (9.2%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (4.4%)
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#38. Stafford County

- Average Commute Time: 19.5 minutes
--- 0.1 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 10.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 37.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.6%), carpooled (8.0%), walked to work (3.0%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (6.8%)
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#37. Allen County

- Average Commute Time: 19.8 minutes
--- 0.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 23.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.4%), carpooled (11.2%), walked to work (2.4%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (2.9%)
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#36. Atchison County

- Average Commute Time: 19.9 minutes
--- 0.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 17.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.9%), carpooled (6.9%), walked to work (5.9%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (4.9%)

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#35. Cowley County

- Average Commute Time: 20 minutes
--- 0.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 13.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.9%), carpooled (12.3%), walked to work (2.4%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (3.3%)
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#34. Washington County

- Average Commute Time: 20.2 minutes
--- 0.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 26.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.5%), carpooled (8.8%), walked to work (3.8%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (5.4%)
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#33. Douglas County

- Average Commute Time: 20.4 minutes
--- 0.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 6.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 23.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.2%), carpooled (7.9%), walked to work (5.1%), public transportation (2.0%), worked from home (6.9%)
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#32. Grant County

- Average Commute Time: 20.4 minutes
--- 0.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 12.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 15.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.3%), carpooled (8.8%), walked to work (1.4%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (7.1%)
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#31. Clay County

- Average Commute Time: 20.5 minutes
--- 0.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 10.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 32.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.6%), carpooled (8.6%), walked to work (0.7%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (5.7%)

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#30. Harvey County

- Average Commute Time: 20.9 minutes
--- 1.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 32.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.7%), carpooled (8.5%), walked to work (5.0%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (5.5%)
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#29. Edwards County

- Average Commute Time: 21 minutes
--- 1.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 12.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 28.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.5%), carpooled (5.0%), walked to work (2.7%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (11.9%)
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#28. Johnson County

- Average Commute Time: 21.1 minutes
--- 1.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 2.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 7.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 8.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.7%), carpooled (6.5%), walked to work (0.9%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (10.7%)
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#27. Rush County

- Average Commute Time: 21.1 minutes
--- 1.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 8.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 36.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.3%), carpooled (7.8%), walked to work (3.5%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (7.0%)
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#26. Coffey County

- Average Commute Time: 21.4 minutes
--- 1.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 29.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.2%), carpooled (10.2%), walked to work (2.3%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (4.0%)

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#25. Haskell County

- Average Commute Time: 21.4 minutes
--- 1.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 26.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.9%), carpooled (13.7%), walked to work (2.5%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (3.8%)
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#24. Wyandotte County

- Average Commute Time: 21.7 minutes
--- 2.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 30.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.6%), carpooled (13.5%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (3.8%)
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#23. Doniphan County

- Average Commute Time: 21.7 minutes
--- 2.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 13.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.9%), carpooled (3.5%), walked to work (4.4%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (4.6%)
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#22. Chase County

- Average Commute Time: 21.8 minutes
--- 2.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 29.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 38.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.6%), carpooled (8.5%), walked to work (4.6%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (10.0%)
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#21. Marion County

- Average Commute Time: 22 minutes
--- 2.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 35.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.9%), carpooled (10.9%), walked to work (6.7%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (5.7%)

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#20. Chautauqua County

- Average Commute Time: 22.5 minutes
--- 2.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 27.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.4%), carpooled (10.5%), walked to work (4.2%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (6.5%)
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#19. Morris County

- Average Commute Time: 22.8 minutes
--- 3.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 36.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.6%), carpooled (6.8%), walked to work (2.0%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (6.4%)
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#18. Kingman County

- Average Commute Time: 22.9 minutes
--- 3.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 37.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.3%), carpooled (7.5%), walked to work (2.2%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (4.5%)
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#17. Leavenworth County

- Average Commute Time: 23.1 minutes
--- 3.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 28.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.9%), carpooled (8.1%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (7.4%)
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#16. Republic County

- Average Commute Time: 23.1 minutes
--- 3.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 11.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 16.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.3%), carpooled (5.7%), walked to work (3.9%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (6.5%)

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#15. Woodson County

- Average Commute Time: 23.3 minutes
--- 3.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 42.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.7%), carpooled (11.9%), walked to work (4.4%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (2.9%)
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#14. Sumner County

- Average Commute Time: 23.8 minutes
--- 4.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 45.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.6%), carpooled (10.7%), walked to work (2.5%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (5.4%)
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#13. Ottawa County

- Average Commute Time: 24 minutes
--- 4.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 48.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.1%), carpooled (5.7%), walked to work (3.4%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (5.9%)
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#12. Franklin County

- Average Commute Time: 24 minutes
--- 4.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 27.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 38.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.6%), carpooled (8.1%), walked to work (1.4%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (5.3%)
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#11. Butler County

- Average Commute Time: 24.2 minutes
--- 4.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 50.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.9%), carpooled (8.4%), walked to work (1.9%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (5.4%)

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#10. Greenwood County

- Average Commute Time: 24.5 minutes
--- 4.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 34.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.8%), carpooled (11.0%), walked to work (3.3%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (3.5%)
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#9. Pottawatomie County

- Average Commute Time: 26 minutes
--- 6.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 12.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 51.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.8%), carpooled (12.3%), walked to work (2.8%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (4.6%)
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#8. Wabaunsee County

- Average Commute Time: 26.5 minutes
--- 6.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 2.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 58.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.3%), carpooled (10.9%), walked to work (3.9%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (10.3%)
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#7. Anderson County

- Average Commute Time: 26.5 minutes
--- 6.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 15.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 25.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 46.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.0%), carpooled (11.9%), walked to work (3.6%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (7.2%)
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#6. Miami County

- Average Commute Time: 28.9 minutes
--- 9.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 52.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.1%), carpooled (7.5%), walked to work (0.8%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (8.4%)

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#5. Jefferson County

- Average Commute Time: 29.3 minutes
--- 9.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 62.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.8%), carpooled (9.7%), walked to work (1.4%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (4.5%)
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#4. Osage County

- Average Commute Time: 29.6 minutes
--- 10.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 62.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.2%), carpooled (12.2%), walked to work (1.5%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (6.1%)
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#3. Jackson County

- Average Commute Time: 30.6 minutes
--- 11.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 51.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.2%), carpooled (11.9%), walked to work (2.0%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (5.5%)
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#2. Elk County

- Average Commute Time: 31.4 minutes
--- 11.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 15.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 28.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.4%), carpooled (11.3%), walked to work (3.4%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (4.0%)
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#1. Linn County

- Average Commute Time: 34.3 minutes
--- 14.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 23.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 29.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 41.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.1%), carpooled (8.5%), walked to work (4.6%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (6.0%)

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