Counties with the most super commuters in Michigan

Written by:
June 1, 2021
Notorious4life // Wikimedia Commons

Counties with the most super commuters in Michigan

There are more than 281 million vehicles on the road in the United States, and many of those cars, trucks, vans, and motorcycles are used to ferry people to and from their homes and jobs during their daily commutes. A small but growing number of people are walking and biking to work, particularly in compact college towns. Many more take public transportation, especially in major cities like New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Boston, and Seattle—but nationwide, public transit accounts for only about 5% of daily commutes.

The overwhelming majority of people still drive to and from work every day, and the vast majority of those car commuters drive alone—fewer than 10% of Americans carpool. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average one-way commute in the United States has grown to a record 27.1 minutes. That’s just shy of an hour a day that average Americans squander behind the wheel, not at home with their families, and instead, burning gas and putting miles on their cars.

For some Americans, however, the commute to work is far from average. A phenomenon known as super commuting has emerged and grown in recent years. Super commuters spend 90 minutes or more—each way—chasing their paychecks every day. The biggest percentage of super commuters work in the extraction industry, with workers pursuing lucrative jobs in remote mines, oil fields, and other energy operations. Many more, however, have been priced out of expensive housing in urban metro areas where high-paying jobs are located, far away from their less-expensive county of residence.

Stacker compiled a list of counties with the most super commuters in Michigan using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by highest percent of workers with a commute over 90 minutes, based on 2019 5-year estimates. Keep reading to see where in your state people are spending the most time going to and from work every day.

1 / 30
Doug Coldwell // Wikimedia Commons

#30. Mecosta County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.81%
--- #1,126 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 50.4% more common than state average
--- 3.1% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 23.1 minutes
--- #1,691 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 6.1% shorter than state average
--- 16.3% shorter than national average
2 / 30
Alexey Stiop // Shutterstock

#29. Leelanau County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.87%
--- #1,091 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 53.6% more common than state average
--- 1.0% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 23.1 minutes
--- #1,691 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 6.1% shorter than state average
--- 16.3% shorter than national average
3 / 30
Unknown author // Wikimedia Commons

#28. Gratiot County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.88%
--- #1,089 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 53.7% more common than state average
--- 1.0% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 23.9 minutes
--- #1,518 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 2.8% shorter than state average
--- 13.4% shorter than national average
4 / 30
Charles Bash // Wikimedia Commons

#27. Huron County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.91%
--- #1,063 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 55.7% more common than state average
--- 0.3% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 21.3 minutes
--- #2,068 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 13.4% shorter than state average
--- 22.8% shorter than national average
5 / 30
Notorious4life // Wikimedia Commons

#26. Alcona County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.92%
--- #1,060 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 56.0% more common than state average
--- 0.5% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 25.8 minutes
--- #1,087 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.9% longer than state average
--- 6.5% shorter than national average
6 / 30
Notorious4life // Wikimedia Commons

#25. Crawford County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.93%
--- #1,056 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 56.6% more common than state average
--- 0.9% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 22.3 minutes
--- #1,877 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 9.3% shorter than state average
--- 19.2% shorter than national average
7 / 30
Charles W. Chapman // Wikimedia Commons

#24. Newaygo County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.03%
--- #994 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 61.8% more common than state average
--- 4.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 28.8 minutes
--- #594 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 17.1% longer than state average
--- 4.3% longer than national average
8 / 30
Modlind // Wikimedia Commons

#23. Baraga County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.04%
--- #987 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 62.5% more common than state average
--- 4.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 18.6 minutes
--- #2,559 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 24.4% shorter than state average
--- 32.6% shorter than national average
9 / 30
rossograph // Wikimedia Commons

#22. Montcalm County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.16%
--- #936 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 69.1% more common than state average
--- 8.9% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 29.4 minutes
--- #507 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 19.5% longer than state average
--- 6.5% longer than national average
10 / 30
daBinsi // Wikimedia Commons

#21. Shiawassee County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.19%
--- #921 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 70.6% more common than state average
--- 9.9% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 27.1 minutes
--- #846 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 10.2% longer than state average
--- 1.8% shorter than national average
11 / 30
Charles W. Chapman // Wikimedia Commons

#20. Osceola County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.23%
--- #903 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 72.9% more common than state average
--- 11.4% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 24.6 minutes
--- #1,335 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 0.0% shorter than state average
--- 10.9% shorter than national average
12 / 30
Calvin Beale // Wikimedia Commons

#19. Hillsdale County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.27%
--- #889 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 74.7% more common than state average
--- 12.5% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 25.3 minutes
--- #1,186 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 2.8% longer than state average
--- 8.3% shorter than national average
13 / 30
Nick Nolte // Wikimedia Commons

#18. Iosco County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.31%
--- #857 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 77.1% more common than state average
--- 14.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 20.6 minutes
--- #2,207 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 16.3% shorter than state average
--- 25.4% shorter than national average
14 / 30
Henry Schenck Tanner // Wikimedia Commons

#17. Montmorency County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.35%
--- #838 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 78.8% more common than state average
--- 15.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 24.5 minutes
--- #1,363 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 0.4% shorter than state average
--- 11.2% shorter than national average
15 / 30
David Coats // Wikimedia Commons

#16. Presque Isle County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.48%
--- #775 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 86.3% more common than state average
--- 20.0% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 25.1 minutes
--- #1,226 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 2.0% longer than state average
--- 9.1% shorter than national average
16 / 30
Notorious4life // Wikimedia Commons

#15. Kalkaska County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.65%
--- #705 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 95.1% more common than state average
--- 25.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 28.6 minutes
--- #615 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 16.3% longer than state average
--- 3.6% longer than national average
17 / 30
Ken Heuvelman // Wikimedia Commons

#14. St. Clair County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.81%
--- #655 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 103.6% more common than state average
--- 31.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 29.3 minutes
--- #522 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 19.1% longer than state average
--- 6.2% longer than national average
18 / 30
RomanKahler // Wikimedia Commons

#13. Ontonagon County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.90%
--- #622 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 108.5% more common than state average
--- 34.3% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 24.9 minutes
--- #1,267 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 1.2% longer than state average
--- 9.8% shorter than national average
19 / 30
Cwbash (Charles W. Bash) // Wikimedia Commons

#12. Cheboygan County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.08%
--- #568 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 118.3% more common than state average
--- 40.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 26.4 minutes
--- #974 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 7.3% longer than state average
--- 4.3% shorter than national average
20 / 30
User:Malepheasant // Wikimedia Commons

#11. Gladwin County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.10%
--- #564 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 119.0% more common than state average
--- 41.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 29.3 minutes
--- #522 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 19.1% longer than state average
--- 6.2% longer than national average
21 / 30
Ian Poellet (User:Werewombat) // Wikimedia Commons

#10. Arenac County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.12%
--- #553 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 120.2% more common than state average
--- 41.9% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 28.2 minutes
--- #675 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 14.6% longer than state average
--- 2.2% longer than national average
22 / 30
Iulus Ascanius // Wikimedia Commons

#9. Clare County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.23%
--- #520 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 126.0% more common than state average
--- 45.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 27.3 minutes
--- #815 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 11.0% longer than state average
--- 1.1% shorter than national average
23 / 30
National Park Service // Wikimedia Commons

#8. Alger County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.24%
--- #515 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 126.7% more common than state average
--- 46.0% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 25.3 minutes
--- #1,186 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 2.8% longer than state average
--- 8.3% shorter than national average
24 / 30
Elevatorrailfan // Wikimedia Commons

#7. Ogemaw County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.46%
--- #464 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 138.5% more common than state average
--- 53.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 24.6 minutes
--- #1,335 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 0.0% shorter than state average
--- 10.9% shorter than national average
25 / 30
Notorious4life // Wikimedia Commons

#6. Roscommon County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.70%
--- #420 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 151.5% more common than state average
--- 62.0% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 24.9 minutes
--- #1,267 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 1.2% longer than state average
--- 9.8% shorter than national average
26 / 30
rossograph // Wikimedia Commons

#5. Lake County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.77%
--- #407 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 155.2% more common than state average
--- 64.4% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 27 minutes
--- #868 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 9.8% longer than state average
--- 2.2% shorter than national average
27 / 30
Rklawton // Wikimedia Commons

#4. Iron County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.84%
--- #392 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 158.6% more common than state average
--- 66.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 20.9 minutes
--- #2,148 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 15.0% shorter than state average
--- 24.3% shorter than national average
28 / 30
Michigan Department of Natural Resources // Wikimedia Commons

#3. Sanilac County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.35%
--- #301 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 185.8% more common than state average
--- 84.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 27.8 minutes
--- #741 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 13.0% longer than state average
--- 0.7% longer than national average
29 / 30
Notorious4life // Wikimedia Commons

#2. Lapeer County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.76%
--- #244 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 207.9% more common than state average
--- 98.3% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 34.8 minutes
--- #111 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 41.5% longer than state average
--- 26.1% longer than national average
30 / 30
kennethaw88 // Wikimedia Commons

#1. Tuscola County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.00%
--- #215 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 220.9% more common than state average
--- 106.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 30.4 minutes
--- #406 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 23.6% longer than state average
--- 10.1% longer than national average

Trending Now