Counties with the worst commutes in Missouri

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July 27, 2022
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Counties with the worst commutes in Missouri

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 Missouri 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. Henry County

- Average Commute Time: 25.1 minutes
--- 1.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 25.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.0%), carpooled (8.8%), walked to work (1.4%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (5.5%)
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#49. Osage County

- Average Commute Time: 25.4 minutes
--- 1.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 51.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.2%), carpooled (13.0%), walked to work (2.2%), public transportation (1.2%), worked from home (4.2%)
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#48. Texas County

- Average Commute Time: 25.4 minutes
--- 1.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 31.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.3%), carpooled (12.8%), walked to work (2.5%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (4.5%)
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#47. St. Charles County

- Average Commute Time: 25.6 minutes
--- 1.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 12.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 45.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.4%), carpooled (6.2%), walked to work (0.7%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (8.5%)
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#46. St. Clair County

- Average Commute Time: 25.8 minutes
--- 1.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 43.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.3%), carpooled (12.5%), walked to work (3.1%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (8.3%)

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#45. Moniteau County

- Average Commute Time: 25.9 minutes
--- 2.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 55.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.3%), carpooled (13.2%), walked to work (0.3%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (5.2%)
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#44. Morgan County

- Average Commute Time: 26 minutes
--- 2.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 11.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 24.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (68.7%), carpooled (14.5%), walked to work (2.4%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (11.0%)
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#43. McDonald County

- Average Commute Time: 26.2 minutes
--- 2.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 20.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.2%), carpooled (11.4%), walked to work (1.6%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (7.5%)
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#42. St. Francois County

- Average Commute Time: 26.2 minutes
--- 2.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 25.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.0%), carpooled (10.9%), walked to work (1.5%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (4.2%)
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#41. Dade County

- Average Commute Time: 26.3 minutes
--- 2.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 11.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 23.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 36.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.8%), carpooled (8.7%), walked to work (2.1%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (9.4%)

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#40. Howard County

- Average Commute Time: 26.4 minutes
--- 2.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 12.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 48.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.0%), carpooled (12.9%), walked to work (3.5%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (6.8%)
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#39. Clark County

- Average Commute Time: 26.7 minutes
--- 2.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 8.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.5%), carpooled (10.2%), walked to work (4.8%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (8.8%)
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#38. Wright County

- Average Commute Time: 26.7 minutes
--- 2.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 40.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.5%), carpooled (8.7%), walked to work (3.0%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (3.7%)
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#37. Cedar County

- Average Commute Time: 26.7 minutes
--- 2.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 32.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.4%), carpooled (6.5%), walked to work (2.2%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (8.5%)
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#36. Carroll County

- Average Commute Time: 26.8 minutes
--- 2.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 11.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 33.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.4%), carpooled (8.5%), walked to work (0.9%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (10.3%)

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#35. Madison County

- Average Commute Time: 27.1 minutes
--- 3.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 14.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 22.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 34.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.8%), carpooled (14.7%), walked to work (0.8%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (4.9%)
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#34. Cooper County

- Average Commute Time: 27.5 minutes
--- 3.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 52.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.3%), carpooled (10.7%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (5.1%)
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#33. Crawford County

- Average Commute Time: 27.7 minutes
--- 3.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 15.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 22.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 40.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.7%), carpooled (14.1%), walked to work (1.4%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (4.5%)
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#32. Gasconade County

- Average Commute Time: 27.8 minutes
--- 3.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 40.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.2%), carpooled (8.8%), walked to work (1.7%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (4.6%)
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#31. Miller County

- Average Commute Time: 28 minutes
--- 4.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 45.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.2%), carpooled (10.4%), walked to work (1.7%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (4.1%)

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#30. Monroe County

- Average Commute Time: 28 minutes
--- 4.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 53.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.9%), carpooled (8.2%), walked to work (3.0%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (3.1%)
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#29. Montgomery County

- Average Commute Time: 28 minutes
--- 4.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 24.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 47.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.6%), carpooled (12.4%), walked to work (3.1%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (4.1%)
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#28. Lafayette County

- Average Commute Time: 28.1 minutes
--- 4.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 43.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.6%), carpooled (10.0%), walked to work (1.7%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (7.0%)
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#27. Stone County

- Average Commute Time: 28.3 minutes
--- 4.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 46.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.7%), carpooled (10.1%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (6.7%)
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#26. Webster County

- Average Commute Time: 28.4 minutes
--- 4.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 56.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.9%), carpooled (12.5%), walked to work (1.7%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (4.9%)

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#25. Dallas County

- Average Commute Time: 28.4 minutes
--- 4.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 55.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.6%), carpooled (10.2%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (5.5%)
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#24. Iron County

- Average Commute Time: 28.6 minutes
--- 4.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 50.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.9%), carpooled (11.2%), walked to work (0.9%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (2.5%)
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#23. Cass County

- Average Commute Time: 29.1 minutes
--- 5.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 37.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.7%), carpooled (7.2%), walked to work (1.1%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (6.2%)
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#22. Ray County

- Average Commute Time: 29.3 minutes
--- 5.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 22.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 55.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.2%), carpooled (8.1%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (5.7%)
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#21. Wayne County

- Average Commute Time: 29.3 minutes
--- 5.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 36.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (68.3%), carpooled (20.3%), walked to work (1.1%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (8.9%)

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#20. Benton County

- Average Commute Time: 29.7 minutes
--- 5.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 15.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 40.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.1%), carpooled (11.9%), walked to work (2.7%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (3.6%)
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#19. Franklin County

- Average Commute Time: 29.9 minutes
--- 6.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 22.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 36.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.2%), carpooled (9.7%), walked to work (1.4%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (5.8%)
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#18. Ozark County

- Average Commute Time: 30.2 minutes
--- 6.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 26.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.8%), carpooled (13.2%), walked to work (6.1%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (3.4%)
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#17. Warren County

- Average Commute Time: 30.2 minutes
--- 6.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 64.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.9%), carpooled (9.8%), walked to work (0.4%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (3.6%)
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#16. Schuyler County

- Average Commute Time: 30.3 minutes
--- 6.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 45.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.7%), carpooled (5.5%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (5.7%)

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#15. Carter County

- Average Commute Time: 30.5 minutes
--- 6.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 35.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.8%), carpooled (11.6%), walked to work (1.5%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (13.9%)
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#14. Clinton County

- Average Commute Time: 30.5 minutes
--- 6.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 11.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 24.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 62.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.9%), carpooled (9.6%), walked to work (0.4%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (5.9%)
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#13. DeKalb County

- Average Commute Time: 30.5 minutes
--- 6.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 11.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 57.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.7%), carpooled (7.6%), walked to work (2.5%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (6.5%)
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#12. Daviess County

- Average Commute Time: 30.6 minutes
--- 6.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 14.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 50.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.7%), carpooled (12.8%), walked to work (2.4%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (7.0%)
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#11. Ste. Genevieve County

- Average Commute Time: 30.6 minutes
--- 6.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 15.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 44.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.0%), carpooled (10.6%), walked to work (0.5%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (3.9%)

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#10. Maries County

- Average Commute Time: 31 minutes
--- 7.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 14.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 68.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.1%), carpooled (14.4%), walked to work (1.6%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (6.1%)
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#9. Jefferson County

- Average Commute Time: 31.1 minutes
--- 7.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 59.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.4%), carpooled (7.6%), walked to work (0.5%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (5.5%)
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#8. Bates County

- Average Commute Time: 31.9 minutes
--- 8.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 21.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 23.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 37.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.7%), carpooled (13.5%), walked to work (1.4%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (9.3%)
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#7. Ripley County

- Average Commute Time: 32.2 minutes
--- 8.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 14.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 29.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.2%), carpooled (9.5%), walked to work (0.4%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (9.4%)
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#6. Washington County

- Average Commute Time: 32.6 minutes
--- 8.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 21.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 30.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 51.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.6%), carpooled (10.6%), walked to work (1.6%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (4.3%)

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#5. Hickory County

- Average Commute Time: 33.2 minutes
--- 9.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 21.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 57.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.8%), carpooled (6.7%), walked to work (0.7%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (3.9%)
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#4. Worth County

- Average Commute Time: 33.6 minutes
--- 9.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 33.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.7%), carpooled (7.6%), walked to work (6.5%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (8.6%)
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#3. Lincoln County

- Average Commute Time: 33.6 minutes
--- 9.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 14.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 62.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.4%), carpooled (7.7%), walked to work (2.1%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (3.6%)
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#2. Caldwell County

- Average Commute Time: 33.7 minutes
--- 9.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 18.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 23.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 61.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.5%), carpooled (11.3%), walked to work (2.6%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (4.7%)
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#1. Bollinger County

- Average Commute Time: 33.9 minutes
--- 10.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 15.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 23.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 61.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.0%), carpooled (14.9%), walked to work (2.8%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (4.5%)

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