Counties with the worst commutes in New Mexico

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April 27, 2022
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Counties with the worst commutes in New Mexico

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 New Mexico using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties 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. Quay County

- Average commute time: 15.3 minutes
--- #2,935 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 31.4% shorter than state average
--- 44.6% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 0.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 9.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 6.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80%), carpooled (10.5%), walked (2.5%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (5.9%)

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#29. Curry County

- Average commute time: 15.6 minutes
--- #2,915 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 30.0% shorter than state average
--- 43.5% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.7%), carpooled (11.4%), walked (1.9%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (1.3%)

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#28. Los Alamos County

- Average commute time: 16.2 minutes
--- #2,869 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 27.4% shorter than state average
--- 41.3% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 0.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 4.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 6.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.1%), carpooled (7.1%), walked (3.6%), public transportation (3.4%), worked from home (3.7%)

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#27. Roosevelt County

- Average commute time: 16.8 minutes
--- #2,802 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 24.7% shorter than state average
--- 39.1% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 22.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.2%), carpooled (11.8%), walked (5.2%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (2.2%)

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#26. Colfax County

- Average commute time: 16.9 minutes
--- #2,785 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 24.2% shorter than state average
--- 38.8% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 9.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.9%), carpooled (13.9%), walked (2.6%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (6.6%)

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#25. Grant County

- Average commute time: 17.1 minutes
--- #2,766 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 23.3% shorter than state average
--- 38.0% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 3.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.3%), carpooled (8.2%), walked (2%), public transportation (1%), worked from home (5.5%)

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#24. Lincoln County

- Average commute time: 18.1 minutes
--- #2,647 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 18.8% shorter than state average
--- 34.4% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 3.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 8.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.7%), carpooled (11.4%), walked (3.1%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (10.6%)

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#23. Sierra County

- Average commute time: 18.2 minutes
--- #2,626 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 18.4% shorter than state average
--- 34.1% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 8.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.5%), carpooled (5.9%), walked (3.3%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (6.4%)

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#22. Chaves County

- Average commute time: 18.8 minutes
--- #2,532 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 15.7% shorter than state average
--- 31.9% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 10.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.6%), carpooled (10.2%), walked (1.8%), public transportation (1.1%), worked from home (2.2%)

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#21. Eddy County

- Average commute time: 19.1 minutes
--- #2,479 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 14.3% shorter than state average
--- 30.8% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 23.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 2.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (87.3%), carpooled (8.8%), walked (0.7%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (1.6%)

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#20. Luna County

- Average commute time: 19.4 minutes
--- #2,420 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 13.0% shorter than state average
--- 29.7% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 19.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 9.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.1%), carpooled (10.5%), walked (2%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (3.3%)

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#19. Otero County

- Average commute time: 19.5 minutes
--- #2,405 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.6% shorter than state average
--- 29.3% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.8%), carpooled (11.5%), walked (3%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (3.4%)

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#18. Union County

- Average commute time: 19.5 minutes
--- #2,405 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.6% shorter than state average
--- 29.3% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 0.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.4%), carpooled (11.1%), walked (6.6%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (6.5%)

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#17. Socorro County

- Average commute time: 19.6 minutes
--- #2,383 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.1% shorter than state average
--- 29.0% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 7.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 20.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (63.9%), carpooled (15.1%), walked (7.5%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (6.2%)

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#16. Hidalgo County

- Average commute time: 19.6 minutes
--- #2,383 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.1% shorter than state average
--- 29.0% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 19.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.6%), carpooled (13.1%), walked (3.4%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (5.9%)

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#15. Taos County

- Average commute time: 20.4 minutes
--- #2,246 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 8.5% shorter than state average
--- 26.1% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 7.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (67%), carpooled (13.9%), walked (3.6%), public transportation (1.9%), worked from home (11.9%)

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#14. San Miguel County

- Average commute time: 21.1 minutes
--- #2,114 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 5.4% shorter than state average
--- 23.6% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 8.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 21.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.6%), carpooled (10.9%), walked (5.4%), public transportation (1%), worked from home (7.9%)

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#13. Dona Ana County

- Average commute time: 21.2 minutes
--- #2,094 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.9% shorter than state average
--- 23.2% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 2.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.4%), carpooled (10.9%), walked (2.2%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (4.4%)

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#12. Lea County

- Average commute time: 21.2 minutes
--- #2,094 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.9% shorter than state average
--- 23.2% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 27.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.3%), carpooled (11.8%), walked (1%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (2.3%)

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#11. McKinley County

- Average commute time: 22.3 minutes
--- #1,877 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 0.0% shorter than state average
--- 19.2% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 11.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.3%), carpooled (10.5%), walked (4.3%), public transportation (1.1%), worked from home (9.5%)

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#10. Bernalillo County

- Average commute time: 22.4 minutes
--- #1,850 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 0.4% longer than state average
--- 18.8% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.5%
- 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 (80.8%), carpooled (9.1%), walked (1.8%), public transportation (1.7%), worked from home (4.7%)

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#9. Santa Fe County

- Average commute time: 22.5 minutes
--- #1,832 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 0.9% longer than state average
--- 18.5% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 7.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 15.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.6%), carpooled (8.8%), walked (2%), public transportation (1%), worked from home (8.4%)

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#8. Cibola County

- Average commute time: 23.7 minutes
--- #1,553 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 6.3% longer than state average
--- 14.1% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 16.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.9%), carpooled (9.7%), walked (2.9%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (7.1%)

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#7. San Juan County

- Average commute time: 23.8 minutes
--- #1,539 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 6.7% longer than state average
--- 13.8% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 2.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84%), carpooled (10.2%), walked (1.7%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (3.2%)

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#6. Sandoval County

- Average commute time: 28 minutes
--- #699 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 25.6% 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.: 12.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 53.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.7%), carpooled (12.8%), walked (1.5%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (5.2%)

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#5. Harding County

- Average commute time: 28.3 minutes
--- #663 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 26.9% longer than state average
--- 2.5% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 6.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 22.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.4%), carpooled (7.6%), walked (3.5%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (15.9%)

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#4. Valencia County

- Average commute time: 28.4 minutes
--- #642 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 27.4% longer than state average
--- 2.9% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 43.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.4%), carpooled (8.7%), walked (0.8%), public transportation (1%), worked from home (4.3%)

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#3. Rio Arriba County

- Average commute time: 28.9 minutes
--- #577 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 29.6% longer than state average
--- 4.7% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 9.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 42.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.1%), carpooled (6.8%), walked (0.9%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (3.9%)

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#2. Torrance County

- Average commute time: 32.7 minutes
--- #213 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 46.6% longer than state average
--- 18.5% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 24.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 50.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79%), carpooled (6.4%), walked (1.9%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (11.6%)

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#1. Mora County

- Average commute time: 52.6 minutes
--- #1 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 135.9% longer than state average
--- 90.6% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 22.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 6.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 51.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (66.6%), carpooled (19.4%), walked (3.8%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (10.1%)

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