Counties with the worst commutes in Kansas

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April 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 2019. Think you have a long trip to work? Read on to compare it against the worst commutes statewide.

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#30. Dickinson County

- Average commute time: 20.2 minutes
--- #2,280 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.1% longer than state average
--- 26.8% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 34.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.7%), carpooled (10.7%), walked (3%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (6.1%)

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#29. Douglas County

- Average commute time: 20.4 minutes
--- #2,246 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 5.2% longer than state average
--- 26.1% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 0.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 7.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 23%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.7%), carpooled (8.7%), walked (5.3%), public transportation (2.1%), worked from home (4.4%)

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#28. Woodson County

- Average commute time: 20.4 minutes
--- #2,246 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 5.2% longer than state average
--- 26.1% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 41.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.2%), carpooled (9.4%), walked (5.7%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (3.4%)

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#27. Johnson County

- Average commute time: 21 minutes
--- #2,131 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 8.2% longer than state average
--- 23.9% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 0.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 7.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.6%), carpooled (6.7%), walked (0.9%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (6.7%)

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#26. Lincoln County

- Average commute time: 21.1 minutes
--- #2,114 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 8.8% longer than state average
--- 23.6% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 34%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.6%), carpooled (11%), walked (2.5%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (8.7%)

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#25. Wyandotte County

- Average commute time: 21.2 minutes
--- #2,094 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 9.3% longer than state average
--- 23.2% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 0.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 30.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.8%), carpooled (12.9%), walked (1.2%), public transportation (1%), worked from home (2.5%)

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#24. Chautauqua County

- Average commute time: 21.2 minutes
--- #2,094 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 9.3% longer than state average
--- 23.2% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 24.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.3%), carpooled (11.1%), walked (6.2%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (6.1%)

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#23. Chase County

- Average commute time: 21.2 minutes
--- #2,094 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 9.3% longer than state average
--- 23.2% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 24.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 34.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.1%), carpooled (9.8%), walked (2.5%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (8.7%)

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#22. Doniphan County

- Average commute time: 21.3 minutes
--- #2,068 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 9.8% longer than state average
--- 22.8% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 13.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.8%), carpooled (4.8%), walked (3.9%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (6%)

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#21. Marion County

- Average commute time: 21.3 minutes
--- #2,068 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 9.8% longer than state average
--- 22.8% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 36.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76%), carpooled (9.7%), walked (7.1%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (5.6%)

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#20. Edwards County

- Average commute time: 21.3 minutes
--- #2,068 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 9.8% longer than state average
--- 22.8% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 34.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.5%), carpooled (5%), walked (2.7%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (9.2%)

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#19. Coffey County

- Average commute time: 21.9 minutes
--- #1,962 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.9% longer than state average
--- 20.7% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 22.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 28.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.1%), carpooled (8.8%), walked (2.3%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (3.3%)

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#18. Sumner County

- Average commute time: 22.7 minutes
--- #1,785 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 17.0% longer than state average
--- 17.8% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 0.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 43.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.9%), carpooled (9.1%), walked (3.1%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (5.4%)

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#17. Morris County

- Average commute time: 22.8 minutes
--- #1,758 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 17.5% longer than state average
--- 17.4% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 38.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.9%), carpooled (9.3%), walked (2.7%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (5.4%)

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#16. Ottawa County

- Average commute time: 22.8 minutes
--- #1,758 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 17.5% longer than state average
--- 17.4% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 51.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.9%), carpooled (8.9%), walked (3.8%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (6.2%)

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#15. Republic County

- Average commute time: 23.1 minutes
--- #1,691 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 19.1% longer than state average
--- 16.3% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 13.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 16.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.1%), carpooled (5.1%), walked (2.7%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (7.1%)

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#14. Leavenworth County

- Average commute time: 23.2 minutes
--- #1,674 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 19.6% longer than state average
--- 15.9% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 13.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 28.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.7%), carpooled (9.5%), walked (1.4%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (4.5%)

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#13. Greenwood County

- Average commute time: 23.2 minutes
--- #1,674 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 19.6% longer than state average
--- 15.9% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 35.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.7%), carpooled (7.8%), walked (3.9%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (4.6%)

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#12. Franklin County

- Average commute time: 23.9 minutes
--- #1,518 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 23.2% longer than state average
--- 13.4% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 26.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 37%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.3%), carpooled (7.9%), walked (1.6%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (3.8%)

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#11. Butler County

- Average commute time: 24 minutes
--- #1,486 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 23.7% longer than state average
--- 13.0% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 13.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 51.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.1%), carpooled (8.4%), walked (1.7%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (4.3%)

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#10. Kingman County

- Average commute time: 24.3 minutes
--- #1,424 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 25.3% longer than state average
--- 12.0% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 13.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 38.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.6%), carpooled (8.2%), walked (2.8%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (4.9%)

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#9. Pottawatomie County

- Average commute time: 24.5 minutes
--- #1,363 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 26.3% longer than state average
--- 11.2% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 49.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.8%), carpooled (13.3%), walked (2.4%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (4.3%)

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#8. Jackson County

- Average commute time: 25.2 minutes
--- #1,205 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 29.9% longer than state average
--- 8.7% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 49.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80%), carpooled (12.3%), walked (2.5%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (4.3%)

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#7. Anderson County

- Average commute time: 26.1 minutes
--- #1,031 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 34.5% longer than state average
--- 5.4% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 27.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 45.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.5%), carpooled (12.7%), walked (4.6%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (6.2%)

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#6. Wabaunsee County

- Average commute time: 27.4 minutes
--- #805 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 41.2% longer than state average
--- 0.7% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 62.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.2%), carpooled (11.6%), walked (3.7%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (8.4%)

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#5. Miami County

- Average commute time: 28.5 minutes
--- #631 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 46.9% longer than state average
--- 3.3% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 49.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.6%), carpooled (7.8%), walked (1.1%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (7.2%)

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#4. Elk County

- Average commute time: 29.2 minutes
--- #536 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 50.5% longer than state average
--- 5.8% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 9.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 30.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.4%), carpooled (12.2%), walked (4.7%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (2.2%)

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#3. Jefferson County

- Average commute time: 29.5 minutes
--- #492 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 52.1% longer than state average
--- 6.9% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 65.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.4%), carpooled (10.5%), walked (1%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (3.6%)

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#2. Osage County

- Average commute time: 30.3 minutes
--- #418 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 56.2% longer than state average
--- 9.8% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 62.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.1%), carpooled (11.2%), walked (2%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (4.8%)

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#1. Linn County

- Average commute time: 33.9 minutes
--- #144 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 74.7% longer than state average
--- 22.8% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 28.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 38.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.1%), carpooled (9.1%), walked (2.5%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (6.6%)

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