Counties with the worst commutes in North Carolina

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July 27, 2022
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Counties with the worst commutes in North Carolina

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 North Carolina 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. Wake County

- Average Commute Time: 25.6 minutes
--- 0.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 8.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 15.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.7%), carpooled (7.4%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (1.0%), worked from home (13.3%)
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#49. Iredell County

- Average Commute Time: 25.6 minutes
--- 0.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 29.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.3%), carpooled (9.0%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (8.2%)
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#48. Alleghany County

- Average Commute Time: 25.7 minutes
--- 0.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 10.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 17.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.8%), carpooled (9.8%), walked to work (2.2%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (6.7%)
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#47. Caldwell County

- Average Commute Time: 25.8 minutes
--- 0.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 39.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.1%), carpooled (9.8%), walked to work (0.7%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (4.0%)
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#46. Moore County

- Average Commute Time: 25.8 minutes
--- 0.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 29.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.5%), carpooled (7.5%), walked to work (1.0%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (7.6%)

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#45. Richmond County

- Average Commute Time: 25.8 minutes
--- 0.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 28.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (88.6%), carpooled (7.1%), walked to work (1.5%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (1.9%)
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#44. Rowan County

- Average Commute Time: 25.8 minutes
--- 0.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 38.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.0%), carpooled (9.8%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (4.2%)
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#43. Wilkes County

- Average Commute Time: 25.8 minutes
--- 0.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 24.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.1%), carpooled (11.3%), walked to work (0.6%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (5.2%)
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#42. Northampton County

- Average Commute Time: 26 minutes
--- 1.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 42.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.6%), carpooled (10.1%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (3.0%)
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#41. Pamlico County

- Average Commute Time: 26.1 minutes
--- 1.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 44.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.4%), carpooled (6.4%), walked to work (0.7%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (5.7%)

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#40. Bertie County

- Average Commute Time: 26.1 minutes
--- 1.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 41.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.2%), carpooled (12.4%), walked to work (1.4%), public transportation (1.5%), worked from home (2.1%)
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#39. Mecklenburg County

- Average Commute Time: 26.2 minutes
--- 1.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 9.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 7.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.3%), carpooled (8.9%), walked to work (1.9%), public transportation (2.6%), worked from home (11.9%)
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#38. Yadkin County

- Average Commute Time: 26.2 minutes
--- 1.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 51.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.3%), carpooled (9.6%), walked to work (1.1%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (4.4%)
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#37. Rockingham County

- Average Commute Time: 26.2 minutes
--- 1.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 35.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.6%), carpooled (9.0%), walked to work (1.0%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (3.6%)
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#36. Surry County

- Average Commute Time: 26.2 minutes
--- 1.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 29.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.7%), carpooled (10.7%), walked to work (0.9%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (2.9%)

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#35. Gaston County

- Average Commute Time: 26.4 minutes
--- 1.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 40.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.7%), carpooled (8.6%), walked to work (1.0%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (4.4%)
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#34. Davie County

- Average Commute Time: 26.4 minutes
--- 1.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 52.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.8%), carpooled (9.7%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (5.2%)
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#33. Lee County

- Average Commute Time: 26.5 minutes
--- 1.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 37.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.9%), carpooled (11.8%), walked to work (0.6%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (2.8%)
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#32. Cherokee County

- Average Commute Time: 26.7 minutes
--- 1.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 9.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 11.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.7%), carpooled (8.9%), walked to work (2.4%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (8.5%)
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#31. Polk County

- Average Commute Time: 27.3 minutes
--- 2.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 11.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 21.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.4%), carpooled (8.9%), walked to work (1.4%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (8.8%)

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#30. Warren County

- Average Commute Time: 27.4 minutes
--- 2.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 52.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.3%), carpooled (11.6%), walked to work (2.3%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (2.4%)
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#29. Stanly County

- Average Commute Time: 27.4 minutes
--- 2.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 36.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.1%), carpooled (9.4%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (4.4%)
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#28. Sampson County

- Average Commute Time: 27.7 minutes
--- 2.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 11.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 38.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.4%), carpooled (11.2%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (3.1%)
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#27. Duplin County

- Average Commute Time: 27.9 minutes
--- 3.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 42.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.7%), carpooled (13.4%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (3.7%)
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#26. Cabarrus County

- Average Commute Time: 28.2 minutes
--- 3.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 11.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 49.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.9%), carpooled (8.8%), walked to work (0.5%), public transportation (1.0%), worked from home (8.6%)

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#25. Greene County

- Average Commute Time: 28.2 minutes
--- 3.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 65.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.5%), carpooled (12.0%), walked to work (0.7%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (2.6%)
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#24. Tyrrell County

- Average Commute Time: 28.5 minutes
--- 3.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 18.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 37.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.3%), carpooled (15.4%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (3.9%)
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#23. Yancey County

- Average Commute Time: 28.6 minutes
--- 3.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 37.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.7%), carpooled (6.4%), walked to work (1.1%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (6.4%)
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#22. Hertford County

- Average Commute Time: 28.9 minutes
--- 4.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 17.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 22.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 13.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.8%), carpooled (11.9%), walked to work (2.8%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (2.0%)
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#21. Granville County

- Average Commute Time: 29.2 minutes
--- 4.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 54.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.9%), carpooled (8.1%), walked to work (1.0%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (6.0%)

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#20. Pasquotank County

- Average Commute Time: 29.2 minutes
--- 4.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 17.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 13.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.7%), carpooled (10.7%), walked to work (2.3%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (4.8%)
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#19. Chatham County

- Average Commute Time: 29.3 minutes
--- 4.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 9.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 54.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.7%), carpooled (7.4%), walked to work (2.5%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (12.3%)
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#18. Columbus County

- Average Commute Time: 29.3 minutes
--- 4.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 11.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 24.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.0%), carpooled (9.4%), walked to work (1.0%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (2.4%)
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#17. Jones County

- Average Commute Time: 29.5 minutes
--- 4.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 23.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 75.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.6%), carpooled (10.6%), walked to work (0.4%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (3.1%)
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#16. Stokes County

- Average Commute Time: 29.6 minutes
--- 4.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 11.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 67.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (88.7%), carpooled (7.4%), walked to work (0.4%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (3.2%)

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#15. Hoke County

- Average Commute Time: 29.7 minutes
--- 4.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 67.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.8%), carpooled (9.7%), walked to work (0.9%), public transportation (1.1%), worked from home (4.8%)
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#14. Union County

- Average Commute Time: 29.9 minutes
--- 5.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 11.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 41.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.7%), carpooled (9.0%), walked to work (0.9%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (10.2%)
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#13. Lincoln County

- Average Commute Time: 30.2 minutes
--- 5.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 54.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.7%), carpooled (8.0%), walked to work (0.1%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (5.8%)
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#12. Person County

- Average Commute Time: 30.8 minutes
--- 5.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 14.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 43.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.4%), carpooled (7.8%), walked to work (1.4%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (6.2%)
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#11. Caswell County

- Average Commute Time: 31 minutes
--- 6.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 54.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.1%), carpooled (10.0%), walked to work (0.2%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (2.4%)

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#10. Chowan County

- Average Commute Time: 31.2 minutes
--- 6.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 36.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.8%), carpooled (6.3%), walked to work (1.1%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (5.5%)
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#9. Madison County

- Average Commute Time: 31.4 minutes
--- 6.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 11.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 56.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.6%), carpooled (6.6%), walked to work (2.2%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (9.9%)
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#8. Johnston County

- Average Commute Time: 31.4 minutes
--- 6.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 51.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.5%), carpooled (8.8%), walked to work (0.8%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (7.1%)
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#7. Pender County

- Average Commute Time: 31.5 minutes
--- 6.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 11.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 56.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.0%), carpooled (9.7%), walked to work (0.7%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (7.5%)
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#6. Camden County

- Average Commute Time: 31.8 minutes
--- 6.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 15.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 26.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 43.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.7%), carpooled (7.5%), walked to work (2.7%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (5.4%)

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#5. Harnett County

- Average Commute Time: 31.9 minutes
--- 7.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 63.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.9%), carpooled (8.9%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (3.6%)
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#4. Franklin County

- Average Commute Time: 32.8 minutes
--- 7.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 66.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.7%), carpooled (8.5%), walked to work (1.0%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (5.6%)
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#3. Perquimans County

- Average Commute Time: 34.4 minutes
--- 9.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 21.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 40.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.7%), carpooled (9.4%), walked to work (0.5%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (3.5%)
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#2. Currituck County

- Average Commute Time: 35.1 minutes
--- 10.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 14.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 18.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.1%), carpooled (10.4%), walked to work (0.7%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (4.8%)
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#1. Gates County

- Average Commute Time: 36.9 minutes
--- 12.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 24.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 22.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 21.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (88.6%), carpooled (8.9%), walked to work (0.2%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (2.0%)

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