Parishes with the worst commutes in Louisiana

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April 27, 2022
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Parishes with the worst commutes in Louisiana

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 parishes with the worst commutes in Louisiana using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Parishes 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. St. Charles Parish

- Average commute time: 28 minutes
--- #699 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 8.9% longer than state average
--- 1.4% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 19.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 53.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (89%), carpooled (6.1%), walked (0.6%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (3.2%)

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#29. Allen Parish

- Average commute time: 28 minutes
--- #699 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 8.9% longer than state average
--- 1.4% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 30.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 33.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86%), carpooled (9.3%), walked (0.1%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (2.6%)

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#28. Vermilion Parish

- Average commute time: 28.4 minutes
--- #642 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 10.5% longer than state average
--- 2.9% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 21.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 46.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.4%), carpooled (11%), walked (4.2%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (3.4%)

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#27. St. Martin Parish

- Average commute time: 28.5 minutes
--- #631 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 10.9% longer than state average
--- 3.3% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 21.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 56.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84%), carpooled (10%), walked (1.8%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (3.3%)

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#26. Acadia Parish

- Average commute time: 28.9 minutes
--- #577 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.5% longer than state average
--- 4.7% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 21.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 51.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.1%), carpooled (9.8%), walked (1.4%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (1.9%)

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#25. West Feliciana Parish

- Average commute time: 29 minutes
--- #567 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.8% longer than state average
--- 5.1% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 29.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 45.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (89.3%), carpooled (7.8%), walked (1.6%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (0.9%)

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#24. Lafourche Parish

- Average commute time: 29.3 minutes
--- #522 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 14.0% longer than state average
--- 6.2% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 26.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 39.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.9%), carpooled (9.3%), walked (1%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (2.9%)

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#23. St. John the Baptist Parish

- Average commute time: 29.5 minutes
--- #492 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 14.8% longer than state average
--- 6.9% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 26.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 58.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (88.1%), carpooled (8%), walked (0.5%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (2.5%)

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#22. Ascension Parish

- Average commute time: 29.5 minutes
--- #492 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 14.8% longer than state average
--- 6.9% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 25.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 52.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.4%), carpooled (8.1%), walked (0.7%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (3.9%)

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#21. Caldwell Parish

- Average commute time: 29.8 minutes
--- #464 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 16.0% longer than state average
--- 8.0% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 29.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (89.3%), carpooled (5.5%), walked (0.8%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (1.7%)

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#20. Bienville Parish

- Average commute time: 30.2 minutes
--- #427 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 17.5% longer than state average
--- 9.4% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 23.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 49.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (88.8%), carpooled (7.9%), walked (1.7%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (1.1%)

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#19. Beauregard Parish

- Average commute time: 30.2 minutes
--- #427 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 17.5% longer than state average
--- 9.4% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 29.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 43.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.2%), carpooled (12.8%), walked (1.4%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (1.9%)

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#18. Winn Parish

- Average commute time: 30.2 minutes
--- #427 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 17.5% longer than state average
--- 9.4% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 27.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 29.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.1%), carpooled (10.1%), walked (0.6%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (1.5%)

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#17. Union Parish

- Average commute time: 30.4 minutes
--- #406 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 18.3% longer than state average
--- 10.1% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 13.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 41.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.4%), carpooled (10.1%), walked (0.6%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (3%)

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#16. Red River Parish

- Average commute time: 30.5 minutes
--- #396 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 18.7% longer than state average
--- 10.5% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 22.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 38.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.3%), carpooled (8.2%), walked (1.9%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (2.9%)

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#15. St. Tammany Parish

- Average commute time: 30.7 minutes
--- #371 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 19.5% longer than state average
--- 11.2% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 29.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.9%), carpooled (8.5%), walked (0.6%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (6%)

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#14. Assumption Parish

- Average commute time: 30.9 minutes
--- #351 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 20.2% longer than state average
--- 12.0% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 37.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 66%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.5%), carpooled (6.4%), walked (1.3%), public transportation (1%), worked from home (2.7%)

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#13. Avoyelles Parish

- Average commute time: 31 minutes
--- #344 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 20.6% longer than state average
--- 12.3% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 23.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 31.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.2%), carpooled (9.8%), walked (1.4%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (2.4%)

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#12. Jefferson Davis Parish

- Average commute time: 31.1 minutes
--- #334 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.0% longer than state average
--- 12.7% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 20.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 45.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.5%), carpooled (11.9%), walked (1.4%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (1.9%)

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#11. East Feliciana Parish

- Average commute time: 31.2 minutes
--- #327 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.4% longer than state average
--- 13.0% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 32.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 60.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.7%), carpooled (8.2%), walked (0.8%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (2.7%)

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#10. Jackson Parish

- Average commute time: 31.2 minutes
--- #327 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.4% longer than state average
--- 13.0% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 42.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.5%), carpooled (9.8%), walked (1.5%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (4%)

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#9. Washington Parish

- Average commute time: 31.3 minutes
--- #316 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.8% longer than state average
--- 13.4% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 23.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 30.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.7%), carpooled (11.5%), walked (1.7%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (2.8%)

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#8. Pointe Coupee Parish

- Average commute time: 31.5 minutes
--- #298 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 22.6% longer than state average
--- 14.1% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 32.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 49.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.1%), carpooled (7.8%), walked (2.3%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (1.6%)

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#7. Grant Parish

- Average commute time: 31.6 minutes
--- #290 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 23.0% longer than state average
--- 14.5% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 25.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 64.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.5%), carpooled (14.3%), walked (1.6%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (1.9%)

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#6. Tangipahoa Parish

- Average commute time: 31.6 minutes
--- #290 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 23.0% longer than state average
--- 14.5% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 23.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 35.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.7%), carpooled (13.9%), walked (1.5%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (3.3%)

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#5. Cameron Parish

- Average commute time: 33 minutes
--- #195 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 28.4% longer than state average
--- 19.6% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 35.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 54.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (89%), carpooled (4%), walked (1.7%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (3.2%)

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#4. Livingston Parish

- Average commute time: 34.5 minutes
--- #118 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 34.2% longer than state average
--- 25.0% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 29.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 62.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (87.5%), carpooled (7.9%), walked (0.3%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (3.6%)

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#3. Sabine Parish

- Average commute time: 35.6 minutes
--- #86 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 38.5% longer than state average
--- 29.0% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 11.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 22.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 19.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.2%), carpooled (13.3%), walked (2.7%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (2.7%)

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#2. St. Helena Parish

- Average commute time: 37.9 minutes
--- #48 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 47.5% longer than state average
--- 37.3% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 9.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 30.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 60.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.8%), carpooled (6.2%), walked (2.3%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (8.4%)

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#1. LaSalle Parish

- Average commute time: 41.8 minutes
--- #14 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 62.6% longer than state average
--- 51.4% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 12.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 22.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 24.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77%), carpooled (15.2%), walked (0.8%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (1.3%)

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