Counties with the worst commutes in Kentucky

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July 27, 2022
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Counties with the worst commutes in Kentucky

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 Kentucky 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. Shelby County

- Average Commute Time: 27 minutes
--- 3.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 49.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.4%), carpooled (9.6%), walked to work (1.1%), public transportation (1.1%), worked from home (6.8%)
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#49. Larue County

- Average Commute Time: 27.1 minutes
--- 3.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 71.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.2%), carpooled (9.6%), walked to work (0.3%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (3.8%)
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#48. Anderson County

- Average Commute Time: 27.3 minutes
--- 3.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 9.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 67.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.6%), carpooled (9.1%), walked to work (0.8%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (5.4%)
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#47. Webster County

- Average Commute Time: 27.3 minutes
--- 3.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 24.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 54.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.8%), carpooled (10.9%), walked to work (1.6%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (1.7%)
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#46. Harrison County

- Average Commute Time: 27.6 minutes
--- 3.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 44.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.6%), carpooled (11.9%), walked to work (2.5%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (4.4%)

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#45. Wolfe County

- Average Commute Time: 27.6 minutes
--- 3.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 15.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 44.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.6%), carpooled (17.9%), walked to work (0.1%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (0.8%)
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#44. Grayson County

- Average Commute Time: 27.7 minutes
--- 4.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 29.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 31.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.3%), carpooled (11.6%), walked to work (2.0%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (2.4%)
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#43. Butler County

- Average Commute Time: 27.8 minutes
--- 4.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 24.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 47.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.8%), carpooled (12.5%), walked to work (0.8%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (2.9%)
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#42. Oldham County

- Average Commute Time: 28 minutes
--- 4.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 9.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 61.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.5%), carpooled (6.0%), walked to work (0.6%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (9.9%)
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#41. Gallatin County

- Average Commute Time: 28 minutes
--- 4.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 25.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 55.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.5%), carpooled (15.9%), walked to work (1.5%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (4.0%)

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#40. Mercer County

- Average Commute Time: 28 minutes
--- 4.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 46.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.7%), carpooled (11.7%), walked to work (0.2%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (4.7%)
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#39. Bullitt County

- Average Commute Time: 28.1 minutes
--- 4.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 65.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.4%), carpooled (8.3%), walked to work (0.7%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (4.4%)
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#38. Lawrence County

- Average Commute Time: 28.1 minutes
--- 4.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 39.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.5%), carpooled (10.5%), walked to work (0.3%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (1.0%)
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#37. Monroe County

- Average Commute Time: 28.3 minutes
--- 4.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 27.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.4%), carpooled (13.4%), walked to work (2.7%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (4.6%)
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#36. Johnson County

- Average Commute Time: 28.5 minutes
--- 4.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 11.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 11.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 40.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.6%), carpooled (13.0%), walked to work (2.1%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (4.0%)

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#35. Henry County

- Average Commute Time: 29 minutes
--- 5.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 62.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.1%), carpooled (10.6%), walked to work (1.5%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (5.2%)
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#34. Knott County

- Average Commute Time: 29 minutes
--- 5.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 51.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.8%), carpooled (9.6%), walked to work (3.9%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (5.6%)
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#33. Fleming County

- Average Commute Time: 29.2 minutes
--- 5.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 14.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 43.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.8%), carpooled (13.7%), walked to work (1.6%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (6.2%)
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#32. Grant County

- Average Commute Time: 29.3 minutes
--- 5.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 24.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 55.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.9%), carpooled (12.7%), walked to work (2.3%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (3.3%)
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#31. Hart County

- Average Commute Time: 29.4 minutes
--- 5.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 14.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 25.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 43.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.7%), carpooled (14.5%), walked to work (0.9%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (2.6%)

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#30. Green County

- Average Commute Time: 29.7 minutes
--- 6.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 11.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 24.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 58.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.4%), carpooled (12.9%), walked to work (1.4%), public transportation (1.6%), worked from home (5.7%)
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#29. Morgan County

- Average Commute Time: 29.8 minutes
--- 6.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 15.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 32.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.4%), carpooled (10.1%), walked to work (0.3%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (2.3%)
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#28. Lincoln County

- Average Commute Time: 30.1 minutes
--- 6.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 55.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.8%), carpooled (10.2%), walked to work (2.0%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (7.0%)
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#27. Casey County

- Average Commute Time: 30.2 minutes
--- 6.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 11.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 22.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 41.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.8%), carpooled (15.0%), walked to work (1.5%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (4.2%)
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#26. Bath County

- Average Commute Time: 30.6 minutes
--- 6.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 28.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 68.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.4%), carpooled (13.7%), walked to work (2.0%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (4.5%)

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#25. Breathitt County

- Average Commute Time: 30.7 minutes
--- 7.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 16.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 42.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.8%), carpooled (10.1%), walked to work (2.8%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (1.9%)
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#24. Clay County

- Average Commute Time: 31.3 minutes
--- 7.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 35.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.3%), carpooled (15.5%), walked to work (1.6%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (5.9%)
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#23. Carter County

- Average Commute Time: 31.4 minutes
--- 7.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 39.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.4%), carpooled (14.4%), walked to work (2.6%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (2.8%)
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#22. McCreary County

- Average Commute Time: 31.6 minutes
--- 7.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 34.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.7%), carpooled (10.6%), walked to work (2.3%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (2.2%)
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#21. Spencer County

- Average Commute Time: 32.4 minutes
--- 8.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 74.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.9%), carpooled (7.9%), walked to work (0.5%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (6.7%)

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#20. Powell County

- Average Commute Time: 32.4 minutes
--- 8.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 18.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 53.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.8%), carpooled (9.9%), walked to work (0.9%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (2.1%)
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#19. Estill County

- Average Commute Time: 32.5 minutes
--- 8.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 18.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 56.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.2%), carpooled (17.4%), walked to work (3.2%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (2.0%)
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#18. Owsley County

- Average Commute Time: 32.6 minutes
--- 8.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 17.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 42.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.9%), carpooled (11.7%), walked to work (2.1%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (2.8%)
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#17. Meade County

- Average Commute Time: 32.7 minutes
--- 9.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 14.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 60.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.3%), carpooled (9.2%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (4.1%)
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#16. Magoffin County

- Average Commute Time: 33.4 minutes
--- 9.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 15.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 47.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.9%), carpooled (8.8%), walked to work (3.0%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (1.7%)

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#15. Edmonson County

- Average Commute Time: 33.6 minutes
--- 9.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 11.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 26.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 64.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.0%), carpooled (11.2%), walked to work (4.7%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (3.2%)
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#14. Breckinridge County

- Average Commute Time: 33.8 minutes
--- 10.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 19.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 29.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 42.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.3%), carpooled (11.7%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (4.7%)
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#13. Martin County

- Average Commute Time: 33.9 minutes
--- 10.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 17.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 15.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (87.2%), carpooled (11.2%), walked to work (0.6%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (1.0%)
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#12. Garrard County

- Average Commute Time: 34.9 minutes
--- 11.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 16.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 70.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.1%), carpooled (9.6%), walked to work (0.2%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (6.5%)
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#11. Bracken County

- Average Commute Time: 35.3 minutes
--- 11.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 23.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 53.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.4%), carpooled (17.4%), walked to work (1.9%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (3.1%)

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#10. Jackson County

- Average Commute Time: 35.4 minutes
--- 11.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 19.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 52.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.4%), carpooled (11.6%), walked to work (4.2%), public transportation (1.2%), worked from home (5.0%)
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#9. Pendleton County

- Average Commute Time: 37.2 minutes
--- 13.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 16.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 59.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.9%), carpooled (7.8%), walked to work (1.5%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (4.8%)
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#8. Leslie County

- Average Commute Time: 38.1 minutes
--- 14.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 22.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 24.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 53.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.8%), carpooled (11.5%), walked to work (0.8%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (1.8%)
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#7. Menifee County

- Average Commute Time: 38.5 minutes
--- 14.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 17.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 61.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.0%), carpooled (10.3%), walked to work (0.5%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (9.2%)
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#6. Elliott County

- Average Commute Time: 39 minutes
--- 15.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 21.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 58.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.7%), carpooled (15.0%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (1.2%)

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#5. Nicholas County

- Average Commute Time: 41 minutes
--- 17.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 24.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 68.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.1%), carpooled (13.4%), walked to work (2.9%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (3.0%)
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#4. Owen County

- Average Commute Time: 41.2 minutes
--- 17.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 19.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 60.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.5%), carpooled (14.3%), walked to work (2.7%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (7.3%)
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#3. Robertson County

- Average Commute Time: 41.2 minutes
--- 17.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 20.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 25.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 49.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (90.0%), carpooled (4.4%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (4.4%)
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#2. Lee County

- Average Commute Time: 44.1 minutes
--- 20.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 29.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 26.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 49.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.3%), carpooled (9.8%), walked to work (4.3%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (3.1%)
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#1. Lewis County

- Average Commute Time: 46 minutes
--- 22.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 26.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 23.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 43.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.2%), carpooled (11.8%), walked to work (0.3%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (8.5%)

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