Counties with the worst commutes in Oregon

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July 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 2020. Think you have a long trip to work? Read on to compare it against the worst commutes statewide.

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#36. Lake County

- Average Commute Time: 13.1 minutes
--- 10.8 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 2.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (68.7%), carpooled (5.7%), walked to work (6.7%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (16.6%)
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#35. Gilliam County

- Average Commute Time: 14.7 minutes
--- 9.2 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 13.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.2%), carpooled (6.5%), walked to work (9.0%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (9.3%)
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#34. Baker County

- Average Commute Time: 14.9 minutes
--- 9.0 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.5%), carpooled (10.9%), walked to work (5.3%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (8.7%)
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#33. Harney County

- Average Commute Time: 15.7 minutes
--- 8.2 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (68.3%), carpooled (10.0%), walked to work (8.4%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (9.3%)
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#32. Klamath County

- Average Commute Time: 16.2 minutes
--- 7.7 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 2.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 2.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.5%), carpooled (8.5%), walked to work (1.8%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (5.7%)

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#31. Union County

- Average Commute Time: 16.5 minutes
--- 7.4 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.9%), carpooled (9.3%), walked to work (6.6%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (5.6%)
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#30. Wallowa County

- Average Commute Time: 16.9 minutes
--- 7.0 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 10.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 2.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (66.9%), carpooled (8.1%), walked to work (9.1%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (12.3%)
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#29. Wasco County

- Average Commute Time: 17.9 minutes
--- 6.0 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 19.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.5%), carpooled (8.6%), walked to work (4.5%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (7.7%)
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#28. Malheur County

- Average Commute Time: 18.5 minutes
--- 5.4 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 12.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 0.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.1%), carpooled (9.1%), walked to work (6.7%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (6.1%)
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#27. Grant County

- Average Commute Time: 18.6 minutes
--- 5.3 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 22.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.9%), carpooled (8.4%), walked to work (8.1%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (7.5%)

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#26. Umatilla County

- Average Commute Time: 18.8 minutes
--- 5.1 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 22.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 8.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.3%), carpooled (10.5%), walked to work (2.0%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (3.5%)
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#25. Curry County

- Average Commute Time: 18.9 minutes
--- 5.0 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 2.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.6%), carpooled (8.4%), walked to work (2.1%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (14.5%)
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#24. Jackson County

- Average Commute Time: 19 minutes
--- 4.9 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 2.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 12.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.8%), carpooled (8.8%), walked to work (2.5%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (8.8%)
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#23. Josephine County

- Average Commute Time: 19.2 minutes
--- 4.7 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 11.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.5%), carpooled (10.6%), walked to work (3.1%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (8.1%)
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#22. Tillamook County

- Average Commute Time: 19.2 minutes
--- 4.7 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 8.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.0%), carpooled (9.3%), walked to work (5.0%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (6.6%)

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#21. Hood River County

- Average Commute Time: 19.3 minutes
--- 4.6 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 9.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (65.2%), carpooled (11.0%), walked to work (7.3%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (14.0%)
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#20. Lincoln County

- Average Commute Time: 19.4 minutes
--- 4.5 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 9.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.0%), carpooled (11.7%), walked to work (4.4%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (8.8%)
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#19. Coos County

- Average Commute Time: 19.4 minutes
--- 4.5 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.0%), carpooled (10.5%), walked to work (2.9%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (5.8%)
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#18. Deschutes County

- Average Commute Time: 19.6 minutes
--- 4.3 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 2.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 9.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.3%), carpooled (9.2%), walked to work (2.0%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (12.9%)
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#17. Benton County

- Average Commute Time: 19.8 minutes
--- 4.1 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 8.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 21.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (64.5%), carpooled (7.4%), walked to work (7.9%), public transportation (2.1%), worked from home (9.4%)

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#16. Douglas County

- Average Commute Time: 19.9 minutes
--- 4.0 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 6.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.4%), carpooled (11.6%), walked to work (2.3%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (6.5%)
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#15. Morrow County

- Average Commute Time: 20 minutes
--- 3.9 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 31.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 23.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.6%), carpooled (13.4%), walked to work (2.6%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (2.7%)
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#14. Clatsop County

- Average Commute Time: 20.2 minutes
--- 3.7 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.7%), carpooled (9.2%), walked to work (8.4%), public transportation (1.0%), worked from home (6.4%)
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#13. Lane County

- Average Commute Time: 20.3 minutes
--- 3.6 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 12.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 3.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (69.8%), carpooled (10.1%), walked to work (4.4%), public transportation (2.9%), worked from home (8.5%)
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#12. Sherman County

- Average Commute Time: 23.8 minutes
--- 0.1 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 23.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (71.1%), carpooled (7.1%), walked to work (7.2%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (11.4%)

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#11. Linn County

- Average Commute Time: 23.9 minutes
--- 0.0 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 33.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.7%), carpooled (10.2%), walked to work (1.9%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (6.2%)
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#10. Wheeler County

- Average Commute Time: 24.3 minutes
--- 0.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 20.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (58.0%), carpooled (17.4%), walked to work (8.0%), public transportation (2.9%), worked from home (13.5%)
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#9. Marion County

- Average Commute Time: 24.4 minutes
--- 0.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 21.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.9%), carpooled (11.1%), walked to work (2.7%), public transportation (1.6%), worked from home (6.6%)
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#8. Washington County

- Average Commute Time: 25.3 minutes
--- 1.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 12.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 25.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (71.3%), carpooled (9.2%), walked to work (2.5%), public transportation (5.4%), worked from home (10.0%)
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#7. Yamhill County

- Average Commute Time: 26.2 minutes
--- 2.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 35.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.8%), carpooled (9.6%), walked to work (5.5%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (7.1%)

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#6. Multnomah County

- Average Commute Time: 26.7 minutes
--- 2.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 12.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 16.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (58.5%), carpooled (8.5%), walked to work (5.0%), public transportation (10.3%), worked from home (11.7%)
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#5. Crook County

- Average Commute Time: 26.8 minutes
--- 2.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 37.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.5%), carpooled (9.8%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (5.0%)
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#4. Polk County

- Average Commute Time: 27 minutes
--- 3.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 54.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.8%), carpooled (9.9%), walked to work (2.7%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (10.0%)
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#3. Jefferson County

- Average Commute Time: 27.1 minutes
--- 3.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 23.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 32.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.5%), carpooled (14.9%), walked to work (2.7%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (5.2%)
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#2. Clackamas County

- Average Commute Time: 28.8 minutes
--- 4.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 46.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.3%), carpooled (8.5%), walked to work (2.2%), public transportation (2.8%), worked from home (10.4%)

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#1. Columbia County

- Average Commute Time: 34.7 minutes
--- 10.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 16.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 26.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 47.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.9%), carpooled (11.8%), walked to work (2.0%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (6.6%)

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