Counties with the most super commuters in New Mexico

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August 19, 2022
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Counties with the most super commuters in New Mexico

There are more than 283 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 26.9 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 New Mexico using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest percent of workers with a commute over 90 minutes, based on 2020 5-year estimates. Keep reading to see where in your state people are spending the most time going to and from work every day.

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#33. Guadalupe County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 0.6%
--- 60+ minute commute: 6.4%
- Average commute time: 16.8 minutes
--- 5.9 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 9.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.5%), carpooled (5.2%), walked to work (3.9%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (4.4%)
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#32. Quay County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 0.7%
--- 60+ minute commute: 6.5%
- Average commute time: 15.5 minutes
--- 7.2 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 4.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 12.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.3%), carpooled (8.8%), walked to work (2.7%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (3.8%)
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#31. Catron County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 0.8%
--- 60+ minute commute: 5.3%
- Average commute time: 15.9 minutes
--- 6.8 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 2.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (65.4%), carpooled (12.2%), walked to work (11.0%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (4.3%)
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#30. Los Alamos County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 0.9%
--- 60+ minute commute: 1.5%
- Average commute time: 16.5 minutes
--- 6.2 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 5.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.4%), carpooled (8.7%), walked to work (3.3%), public transportation (2.4%), worked from home (5.0%)
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#29. Harding County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.1%
--- 60+ minute commute: 18.5%
- Average commute time: 28 minutes
--- 5.3 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 5.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 35.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.2%), carpooled (6.3%), walked to work (6.8%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (8.3%)

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#28. Curry County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.1%
--- 60+ minute commute: 2.3%
- Average commute time: 16 minutes
--- 6.7 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 6.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.5%), carpooled (12.0%), walked to work (2.2%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (1.8%)
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#27. Valencia County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.3%
--- 60+ minute commute: 7.5%
- Average commute time: 29.2 minutes
--- 6.5 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 44.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.0%), carpooled (8.5%), walked to work (0.8%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (5.4%)
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#26. De Baca County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.3%
--- 60+ minute commute: 5.5%
- Average commute time: 12.3 minutes
--- 10.4 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 5.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.4%), carpooled (9.4%), walked to work (4.3%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (3.1%)
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#25. Lincoln County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.3%
--- 60+ minute commute: 3.3%
- Average commute time: 17.8 minutes
--- 4.9 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 4.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 7.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (71.7%), carpooled (11.1%), walked to work (0.6%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (14.0%)
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#24. Santa Fe County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.4%
--- 60+ minute commute: 5.4%
- Average commute time: 22.8 minutes
--- 0.1 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 7.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 14.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.0%), carpooled (9.0%), walked to work (1.8%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (10.1%)

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#23. Bernalillo County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.5%
--- 60+ minute commute: 4.5%
- Average commute time: 22.6 minutes
--- 0.1 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 10.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 6.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.8%), carpooled (9.4%), walked to work (1.7%), public transportation (1.5%), worked from home (6.7%)
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#22. Grant County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.7%
--- 60+ minute commute: 3.5%
- Average commute time: 17.2 minutes
--- 5.5 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 3.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.3%), carpooled (10.1%), walked to work (2.3%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (7.7%)
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#21. Doña Ana County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.7%
--- 60+ minute commute: 6.2%
- Average commute time: 22.5 minutes
--- 0.2 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 13.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 2.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.2%), carpooled (11.2%), walked to work (1.8%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (5.6%)
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#20. Chaves County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.8%
--- 60+ minute commute: 5.2%
- Average commute time: 17.7 minutes
--- 5.0 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 9.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.5%), carpooled (9.5%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (1.4%), worked from home (2.3%)
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#19. Roosevelt County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.8%
--- 60+ minute commute: 3.2%
- Average commute time: 17.2 minutes
--- 5.5 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 26.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.4%), carpooled (13.7%), walked to work (5.1%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (2.5%)

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#18. Otero County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.0%
--- 60+ minute commute: 6.5%
- Average commute time: 20.6 minutes
--- 2.1 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 13.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 6.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.5%), carpooled (9.7%), walked to work (2.9%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (4.1%)
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#17. Sandoval County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.2%
--- 60+ minute commute: 7.8%
- Average commute time: 28.4 minutes
--- 5.7 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 51.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.9%), carpooled (11.8%), walked to work (1.4%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (7.6%)
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#16. Eddy County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.3%
--- 60+ minute commute: 8.2%
- Average commute time: 20.1 minutes
--- 2.6 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 23.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 2.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.5%), carpooled (10.0%), walked to work (0.6%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (3.4%)
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#15. San Juan County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.4%
--- 60+ minute commute: 8.0%
- Average commute time: 24.3 minutes
--- 1.6 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 2.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.3%), carpooled (9.4%), walked to work (2.3%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (3.1%)
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#14. San Miguel County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.6%
--- 60+ minute commute: 5.8%
- Average commute time: 19.9 minutes
--- 2.8 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 8.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 19.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (70.7%), carpooled (12.4%), walked to work (4.6%), public transportation (1.1%), worked from home (10.0%)

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#13. Taos County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.7%
--- 60+ minute commute: 8.6%
- Average commute time: 21.5 minutes
--- 1.2 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 7.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 7.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (70.6%), carpooled (10.6%), walked to work (2.8%), public transportation (1.4%), worked from home (12.6%)
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#12. Socorro County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.7%
--- 60+ minute commute: 4.7%
- Average commute time: 18.7 minutes
--- 4.0 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 6.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 18.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (63.2%), carpooled (11.0%), walked to work (5.8%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (14.9%)
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#11. Sierra County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.9%
--- 60+ minute commute: 6.0%
- Average commute time: 15.5 minutes
--- 7.2 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 8.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.0%), carpooled (5.6%), walked to work (3.4%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (6.7%)
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#10. McKinley County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.9%
--- 60+ minute commute: 8.0%
- Average commute time: 23.2 minutes
--- 0.5 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 11.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.6%), carpooled (9.4%), walked to work (4.0%), public transportation (1.6%), worked from home (10.2%)
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#9. Rio Arriba County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.9%
--- 60+ minute commute: 8.5%
- Average commute time: 28.7 minutes
--- 6.0 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 11.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 44.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.7%), carpooled (7.1%), walked to work (2.2%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (3.8%)

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#8. Union County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.9%
--- 60+ minute commute: 4.6%
- Average commute time: 19.6 minutes
--- 3.1 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 24.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 0.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.7%), carpooled (9.4%), walked to work (7.1%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (6.5%)
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#7. Cibola County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.1%
--- 60+ minute commute: 9.1%
- Average commute time: 21.9 minutes
--- 0.8 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 13.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 16.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.8%), carpooled (7.9%), walked to work (2.5%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (7.2%)
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#6. Luna County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.1%
--- 60+ minute commute: 7.5%
- Average commute time: 19.3 minutes
--- 3.4 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 8.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.0%), carpooled (14.0%), walked to work (2.5%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (4.5%)
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#5. Hidalgo County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.9%
--- 60+ minute commute: 9.5%
- Average commute time: 21.5 minutes
--- 1.2 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 7.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.1%), carpooled (16.2%), walked to work (3.3%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (6.6%)
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#4. Colfax County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.5%
--- 60+ minute commute: 7.4%
- Average commute time: 19 minutes
--- 3.7 minutes shorter than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 8.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.6%), carpooled (13.9%), walked to work (2.3%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (10.5%)

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#3. Torrance County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.9%
--- 60+ minute commute: 23.1%
- Average commute time: 34.5 minutes
--- 11.8 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 23.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 52.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.7%), carpooled (6.8%), walked to work (2.6%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (13.0%)
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#2. Lea County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.8%
--- 60+ minute commute: 12.3%
- Average commute time: 23.6 minutes
--- 0.9 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 27.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 2.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.6%), carpooled (13.0%), walked to work (0.9%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (2.8%)
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#1. Mora County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 19.1%
--- 60+ minute commute: 36.3%
- Average commute time: 51.3 minutes
--- 28.6 minutes longer than state average
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 5.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 59.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (65.1%), carpooled (23.3%), walked to work (5.1%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (6.4%)

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