Counties with the worst commutes in Oregon

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April 27, 2022
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Counties with the worst commutes in Oregon

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 Oregon 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. Klamath County

- Average commute time: 16 minutes
--- #2,889 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 33.1% shorter than state average
--- 42.0% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 0.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 3.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.8%), carpooled (8.7%), walked (2.1%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (5.5%)

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#29. Wallowa County

- Average commute time: 16.3 minutes
--- #2,860 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 31.8% shorter than state average
--- 40.9% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 3.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (71.3%), carpooled (8%), walked (9.1%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (10.6%)

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#28. Union County

- Average commute time: 17.1 minutes
--- #2,766 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 28.5% shorter than state average
--- 38.0% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 21.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.9%), carpooled (9.8%), walked (6.4%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (6.1%)

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#27. Wasco County

- Average commute time: 18.2 minutes
--- #2,626 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 23.8% shorter than state average
--- 34.1% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 17.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.3%), carpooled (10%), walked (4.5%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (7.5%)

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#26. Malheur County

- Average commute time: 18.5 minutes
--- #2,574 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 22.6% shorter than state average
--- 33.0% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 10.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 0.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.2%), carpooled (8.7%), walked (5.7%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (5.8%)

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#25. Umatilla County

- Average commute time: 18.7 minutes
--- #2,548 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.8% shorter than state average
--- 32.2% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 20.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 8.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.3%), carpooled (11%), walked (2.2%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (2.9%)

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#24. Lincoln County

- Average commute time: 18.8 minutes
--- #2,532 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.3% shorter than state average
--- 31.9% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 11.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.6%), carpooled (13.3%), walked (4.3%), public transportation (1.1%), worked from home (6.7%)

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#23. Hood River County

- Average commute time: 18.8 minutes
--- #2,532 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.3% shorter than state average
--- 31.9% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 9.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (68.1%), carpooled (12.2%), walked (7.8%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (9.4%)

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#22. Jackson County

- Average commute time: 18.9 minutes
--- #2,515 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 20.9% shorter than state average
--- 31.5% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 13.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.4%), carpooled (9.7%), walked (2.8%), public transportation (1%), worked from home (8%)

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#21. Josephine County

- Average commute time: 19 minutes
--- #2,492 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 20.5% shorter than state average
--- 31.2% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 12.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.8%), carpooled (8.9%), walked (3.5%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (5.8%)

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#20. Coos County

- Average commute time: 19.1 minutes
--- #2,479 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 20.1% shorter than state average
--- 30.8% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 3.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.4%), carpooled (9.8%), walked (3.5%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (6.5%)

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#19. Douglas County

- Average commute time: 19.2 minutes
--- #2,458 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 19.7% shorter than state average
--- 30.4% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 6.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.1%), carpooled (11.3%), walked (2.6%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (5.6%)

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#18. Deschutes County

- Average commute time: 19.5 minutes
--- #2,405 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 18.4% shorter than state average
--- 29.3% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 11.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.4%), carpooled (9.3%), walked (2.1%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (11.2%)

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#17. Benton County

- Average commute time: 19.6 minutes
--- #2,383 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 18.0% shorter than state average
--- 29.0% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 7.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 21.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (66.5%), carpooled (7.8%), walked (7.9%), public transportation (2.5%), worked from home (6.3%)

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#16. Tillamook County

- Average commute time: 19.9 minutes
--- #2,331 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 16.7% shorter than state average
--- 27.9% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 20.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 10%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.7%), carpooled (10%), walked (5.2%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (5.6%)

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#15. Morrow County

- Average commute time: 20.1 minutes
--- #2,298 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 15.9% shorter than state average
--- 27.2% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 26.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 25%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.4%), carpooled (13.9%), walked (2.2%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (5%)

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#14. Clatsop County

- Average commute time: 20.3 minutes
--- #2,268 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 15.1% shorter than state average
--- 26.4% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 10.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.7%), carpooled (10.5%), walked (8.1%), public transportation (1.1%), worked from home (4.5%)

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#13. Lane County

- Average commute time: 20.4 minutes
--- #2,246 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 14.6% shorter than state average
--- 26.1% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 3.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (70.8%), carpooled (11%), walked (4.7%), public transportation (2.9%), worked from home (6.1%)

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#12. Linn County

- Average commute time: 22.8 minutes
--- #1,758 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.6% shorter than state average
--- 17.4% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 20.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 33.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.3%), carpooled (11.2%), walked (2.2%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (5%)

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#11. Wheeler County

- Average commute time: 24 minutes
--- #1,486 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 0.4% longer than state average
--- 13.0% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 21.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 20.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (56%), carpooled (18.5%), walked (15.3%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (8.1%)

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#10. Marion County

- Average commute time: 24.2 minutes
--- #1,451 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 1.3% longer than state average
--- 12.3% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 21.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77%), carpooled (11.6%), walked (2.7%), public transportation (1.7%), worked from home (5.1%)

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#9. Sherman County

- Average commute time: 24.5 minutes
--- #1,363 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 2.5% longer than state average
--- 11.2% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 25%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77%), carpooled (5.6%), walked (4.9%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (10.2%)

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#8. Washington County

- Average commute time: 25.2 minutes
--- #1,205 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 5.4% longer than state average
--- 8.7% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 26.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.3%), carpooled (9.7%), walked (2.4%), public transportation (6.1%), worked from home (6.6%)

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#7. Jefferson County

- Average commute time: 25.7 minutes
--- #1,109 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 7.5% longer than state average
--- 6.9% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 19.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 30.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.4%), carpooled (14.3%), walked (2.8%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (5.7%)

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#6. Polk County

- Average commute time: 25.8 minutes
--- #1,087 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 7.9% longer than state average
--- 6.5% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 13.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 55.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.5%), carpooled (9.7%), walked (3.6%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (6.4%)

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#5. Yamhill County

- Average commute time: 26.1 minutes
--- #1,031 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 9.2% longer than state average
--- 5.4% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 35.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75%), carpooled (10.5%), walked (5.5%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (5.9%)

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#4. Multnomah County

- Average commute time: 27 minutes
--- #868 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 13.0% longer than state average
--- 2.2% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 11.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 17.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (60.1%), carpooled (8.9%), walked (5.2%), public transportation (11.8%), worked from home (7.8%)

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#3. Crook County

- Average commute time: 27.9 minutes
--- #724 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 16.7% longer than state average
--- 1.1% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 20.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 38.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.4%), carpooled (12.7%), walked (2.4%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (4.3%)

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#2. Clackamas County

- Average commute time: 29.2 minutes
--- #536 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 22.2% longer than state average
--- 5.8% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 47.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76%), carpooled (8.6%), walked (2.1%), public transportation (3%), worked from home (8.4%)

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#1. Columbia County

- Average commute time: 33.9 minutes
--- #144 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 41.8% longer than state average
--- 22.8% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 25.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 46%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.3%), carpooled (11.4%), walked (2%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (6.6%)

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