Counties with the most super commuters in Pennsylvania

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June 1, 2021
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Counties with the most super commuters in Pennsylvania

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 Pennsylvania 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. Franklin County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.90%
--- #1,070 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 3.0% less common than state average
--- 0.1% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 24.9 minutes
--- #1,267 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 8.5% shorter than state average
--- 9.8% shorter than national average
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#29. York County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.92%
--- #1,062 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 2.5% less common than state average
--- 0.5% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 27.4 minutes
--- #805 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 0.7% longer than state average
--- 0.7% shorter than national average
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#28. Clarion County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.96%
--- #1,039 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 1.0% less common than state average
--- 1.9% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 23.8 minutes
--- #1,539 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.5% shorter than state average
--- 13.8% shorter than national average
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#27. Perry County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.99%
--- #1,021 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 0.0% more common than state average
--- 3.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 32.9 minutes
--- #202 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.0% longer than state average
--- 19.2% longer than national average
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#26. Cambria County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.09%
--- #971 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 3.3% more common than state average
--- 6.4% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 24.4 minutes
--- #1,392 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 10.3% shorter than state average
--- 11.6% shorter than national average
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#25. Schuylkill County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.11%
--- #963 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 3.9% more common than state average
--- 7.0% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 26.6 minutes
--- #934 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 2.2% shorter than state average
--- 3.6% shorter than national average
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#24. Lehigh County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.12%
--- #956 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 4.2% more common than state average
--- 7.3% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 24.8 minutes
--- #1,289 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 8.8% shorter than state average
--- 10.1% shorter than national average
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#23. Cameron County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.16%
--- #937 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 5.7% more common than state average
--- 8.9% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 19 minutes
--- #2,492 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 30.1% shorter than state average
--- 31.2% shorter than national average
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#22. Mifflin County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.42%
--- #803 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 14.2% more common than state average
--- 17.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 23.4 minutes
--- #1,624 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 14.0% shorter than state average
--- 15.2% shorter than national average
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#21. Indiana County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.52%
--- #758 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 17.6% more common than state average
--- 21.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 24 minutes
--- #1,486 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 11.8% shorter than state average
--- 13.0% shorter than national average
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#20. Fayette County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.83%
--- #648 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 28.2% more common than state average
--- 32.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 27.1 minutes
--- #846 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 0.4% shorter than state average
--- 1.8% shorter than national average
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#19. Clearfield County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.85%
--- #640 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 28.8% more common than state average
--- 32.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 26.1 minutes
--- #1,031 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.0% shorter than state average
--- 5.4% shorter than national average
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#18. Bucks County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.98%
--- #593 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 33.2% more common than state average
--- 37.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 30.8 minutes
--- #362 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 13.2% longer than state average
--- 11.6% longer than national average
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#17. Bedford County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.05%
--- #578 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 35.5% more common than state average
--- 39.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 26.6 minutes
--- #934 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 2.2% shorter than state average
--- 3.6% shorter than national average
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#16. Somerset County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.12%
--- #552 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 37.8% more common than state average
--- 42.0% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 25.2 minutes
--- #1,205 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 7.4% shorter than state average
--- 8.7% shorter than national average
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#15. Adams County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.14%
--- #549 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 38.3% more common than state average
--- 42.4% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 28.3 minutes
--- #663 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.0% longer than state average
--- 2.5% longer than national average
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#14. Jefferson County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.19%
--- #534 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 39.9% more common than state average
--- 44.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 23.9 minutes
--- #1,518 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.1% shorter than state average
--- 13.4% shorter than national average
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#13. Philadelphia County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.36%
--- #490 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 45.8% more common than state average
--- 50.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 33.6 minutes
--- #160 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 23.5% longer than state average
--- 21.7% longer than national average
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#12. Sullivan County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.37%
--- #486 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 46.1% more common than state average
--- 50.5% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 33.9 minutes
--- #144 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 24.6% longer than state average
--- 22.8% longer than national average
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#11. Potter County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.37%
--- #484 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 46.2% more common than state average
--- 50.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 25.5 minutes
--- #1,146 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 6.3% shorter than state average
--- 7.6% shorter than national average
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#10. Armstrong County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.43%
--- #475 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 48.0% more common than state average
--- 52.5% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 30.7 minutes
--- #371 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.9% longer than state average
--- 11.2% longer than national average
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#9. Northampton County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.44%
--- #468 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 48.5% more common than state average
--- 53.0% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 28 minutes
--- #699 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 2.9% longer than state average
--- 1.4% longer than national average
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#8. Carbon County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.60%
--- #443 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 53.9% more common than state average
--- 58.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 32.9 minutes
--- #202 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.0% longer than state average
--- 19.2% longer than national average
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#7. Wayne County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.10%
--- #344 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 70.5% more common than state average
--- 75.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 29.3 minutes
--- #522 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 7.7% longer than state average
--- 6.2% longer than national average
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#6. Juniata County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.50%
--- #277 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 83.8% more common than state average
--- 89.3% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 32.2 minutes
--- #247 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 18.4% longer than state average
--- 16.7% longer than national average
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#5. Fulton County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.63%
--- #258 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 88.3% more common than state average
--- 94.0% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 32.8 minutes
--- #208 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 20.6% longer than state average
--- 18.8% longer than national average
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#4. Forest County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.77%
--- #242 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 92.8% more common than state average
--- 98.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 28.3 minutes
--- #663 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.0% longer than state average
--- 2.5% longer than national average
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#3. Huntingdon County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.32%
--- #182 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 111.2% more common than state average
--- 117.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 31.1 minutes
--- #334 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 14.3% longer than state average
--- 12.7% longer than national average
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#2. Monroe County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 14.04%
--- #9 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 369.6% more common than state average
--- 383.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 39.4 minutes
--- #28 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 44.9% longer than state average
--- 42.8% longer than national average
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#1. Pike County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 17.67%
--- #2 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 490.8% more common than state average
--- 508.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 46.8 minutes
--- #2 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 72.1% longer than state average
--- 69.6% longer than national average

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