Counties with the most super commuters in North Carolina

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June 1, 2021
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Counties with the most super commuters in North Carolina

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 North Carolina 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.

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#30. Columbus County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.91%
--- #1,064 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 42.2% more common than state average
--- 0.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 27 minutes
--- #868 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 8.9% longer than state average
--- 2.2% shorter than national average
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#29. Madison County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.92%
--- #1,061 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 42.6% more common than state average
--- 0.5% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 28.7 minutes
--- #606 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 15.7% longer than state average
--- 4.0% longer than national average
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#28. Dare County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.94%
--- #1,050 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 43.6% more common than state average
--- 1.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 21.1 minutes
--- #2,114 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 14.9% shorter than state average
--- 23.6% shorter than national average
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#27. Scotland County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.98%
--- #1,032 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 45.6% more common than state average
--- 2.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 23.2 minutes
--- #1,674 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 6.5% shorter than state average
--- 15.9% shorter than national average
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#26. Jones County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.99%
--- #1,017 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 46.4% more common than state average
--- 3.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 29.4 minutes
--- #507 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 18.5% longer than state average
--- 6.5% longer than national average
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#25. Caldwell County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.01%
--- #1,007 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 47.0% more common than state average
--- 3.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 25 minutes
--- #1,241 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 0.8% longer than state average
--- 9.4% shorter than national average
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#24. Halifax County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.19%
--- #922 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 55.8% more common than state average
--- 9.8% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 23.8 minutes
--- #1,539 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.0% shorter than state average
--- 13.8% shorter than national average
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#23. Pender County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.20%
--- #913 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 56.5% more common than state average
--- 10.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 30.4 minutes
--- #406 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 22.6% longer than state average
--- 10.1% longer than national average
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#22. Lenoir County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.23%
--- #904 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 58.1% more common than state average
--- 11.3% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 23.4 minutes
--- #1,624 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 5.6% shorter than state average
--- 15.2% shorter than national average
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#21. Greene County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.32%
--- #851 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 62.3% more common than state average
--- 14.3% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 27 minutes
--- #868 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 8.9% longer than state average
--- 2.2% shorter than national average
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#20. Yancey County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.36%
--- #831 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 64.3% more common than state average
--- 15.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 28.4 minutes
--- #642 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 14.5% longer than state average
--- 2.9% longer than national average
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#19. Richmond County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.38%
--- #821 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 65.3% more common than state average
--- 16.4% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 23.8 minutes
--- #1,539 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.0% shorter than state average
--- 13.8% shorter than national average
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#18. Gates County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.52%
--- #756 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 72.3% more common than state average
--- 21.3% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 36.6 minutes
--- #62 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 47.6% longer than state average
--- 32.6% longer than national average
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#17. Polk County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.58%
--- #736 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 74.8% more common than state average
--- 23.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 27.1 minutes
--- #846 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 9.3% longer than state average
--- 1.8% shorter than national average
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#16. Alleghany County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.61%
--- #721 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 76.3% more common than state average
--- 24.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 24.3 minutes
--- #1,424 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 2.0% shorter than state average
--- 12.0% shorter than national average
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#15. Surry County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.64%
--- #712 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 77.9% more common than state average
--- 25.3% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 26.3 minutes
--- #992 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 6.0% longer than state average
--- 4.7% shorter than national average
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#14. Northampton County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.72%
--- #685 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 82.0% more common than state average
--- 28.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 26 minutes
--- #1,044 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.8% longer than state average
--- 5.8% shorter than national average
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#13. Graham County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.76%
--- #670 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 84.0% more common than state average
--- 29.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 28 minutes
--- #699 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.9% longer than state average
--- 1.4% longer than national average
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#12. Sampson County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.06%
--- #575 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 98.3% more common than state average
--- 39.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 26.7 minutes
--- #916 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 7.7% longer than state average
--- 3.3% shorter than national average
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#11. Hertford County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.21%
--- #527 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 105.7% more common than state average
--- 44.9% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 26.6 minutes
--- #934 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 7.3% longer than state average
--- 3.6% shorter than national average
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#10. Cherokee County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.21%
--- #526 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 105.9% more common than state average
--- 45.0% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 25.7 minutes
--- #1,109 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 3.6% longer than state average
--- 6.9% shorter than national average
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#9. Currituck County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.29%
--- #502 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 109.9% more common than state average
--- 47.8% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 36.2 minutes
--- #72 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 46.0% longer than state average
--- 31.2% longer than national average
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#8. Pamlico County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.33%
--- #496 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 111.5% more common than state average
--- 49.0% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 28.1 minutes
--- #685 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 13.3% longer than state average
--- 1.8% longer than national average
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#7. Bertie County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.61%
--- #442 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 125.2% more common than state average
--- 58.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 28 minutes
--- #699 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.9% longer than state average
--- 1.4% longer than national average
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#6. Chowan County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.76%
--- #408 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 133.0% more common than state average
--- 64.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 29.5 minutes
--- #492 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 19.0% longer than state average
--- 6.9% longer than national average
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#5. Pasquotank County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.95%
--- #371 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 142.2% more common than state average
--- 70.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 29.5 minutes
--- #492 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 19.0% longer than state average
--- 6.9% longer than national average
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#4. Camden County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.56%
--- #157 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 220.7% more common than state average
--- 125.9% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 34.1 minutes
--- #136 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 37.5% longer than state average
--- 23.6% longer than national average
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#3. Hyde County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.67%
--- #97 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 275.2% more common than state average
--- 164.3% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 23.6 minutes
--- #1,581 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.8% shorter than state average
--- 14.5% shorter than national average
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#2. Perquimans County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 9.80%
--- #44 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 379.3% more common than state average
--- 237.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 34.8 minutes
--- #111 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 40.3% longer than state average
--- 26.1% longer than national average
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#1. Tyrrell County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 10.03%
--- #39 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 390.3% more common than state average
--- 245.3% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 30.9 minutes
--- #351 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 24.6% longer than state average
--- 12.0% longer than national average

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