Counties with the worst commutes in South Carolina

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April 27, 2022
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Counties with the worst commutes in South 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 South Carolina 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. Marlboro County

- Average commute time: 25 minutes
--- #1,241 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 0.0% shorter than state average
--- 9.4% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 28.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.6%), carpooled (10.6%), walked (0.4%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (1.9%)

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#29. Newberry County

- Average commute time: 25.6 minutes
--- #1,126 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 2.4% longer than state average
--- 7.2% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 33.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (87.2%), carpooled (6.9%), walked (3.1%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (1.8%)

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#28. Georgetown County

- Average commute time: 25.8 minutes
--- #1,087 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 3.2% longer than state average
--- 6.5% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 10.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 23.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.5%), carpooled (9%), walked (1.6%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (6.9%)

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#27. Lexington County

- Average commute time: 25.9 minutes
--- #1,062 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 3.6% longer than state average
--- 6.2% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 9.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 40%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.4%), carpooled (8.8%), walked (0.6%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (4.3%)

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#26. Lee County

- Average commute time: 26 minutes
--- #1,044 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.0% longer than state average
--- 5.8% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 60.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (87.6%), carpooled (7.3%), walked (1.3%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (1.5%)

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#25. Oconee County

- Average commute time: 26.2 minutes
--- #1,012 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.8% longer than state average
--- 5.1% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 27.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84%), carpooled (10.4%), walked (1%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (3.4%)

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#24. Edgefield County

- Average commute time: 26.3 minutes
--- #992 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 5.2% longer than state average
--- 4.7% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 36.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.3%), carpooled (8.4%), walked (2.1%), public transportation (1.6%), worked from home (3.6%)

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#23. Pickens County

- Average commute time: 26.3 minutes
--- #992 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 5.2% longer than state average
--- 4.7% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 43.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.5%), carpooled (8.9%), walked (2.1%), public transportation (1.1%), worked from home (4.6%)

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#22. Bamberg County

- Average commute time: 26.6 minutes
--- #934 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 6.4% longer than state average
--- 3.6% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 21.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 41.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85%), carpooled (6.1%), walked (3.1%), public transportation (3.3%), worked from home (1.7%)

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#21. Union County

- Average commute time: 26.9 minutes
--- #886 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 7.6% longer than state average
--- 2.5% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 39.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.1%), carpooled (9.9%), walked (1%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (1.9%)

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#20. Chester County

- Average commute time: 27.6 minutes
--- #782 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 10.4% longer than state average
--- 0.0% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 46%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.4%), carpooled (10.8%), walked (1.5%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (2.3%)

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#19. Kershaw County

- Average commute time: 27.6 minutes
--- #782 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 10.4% longer than state average
--- 0.0% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 49.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.3%), carpooled (9.3%), walked (0.6%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (2.9%)

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#18. York County

- Average commute time: 27.8 minutes
--- #741 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 11.2% longer than state average
--- 0.7% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 13.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.4%), carpooled (9.4%), walked (1.2%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (5.8%)

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#17. Abbeville County

- Average commute time: 28.1 minutes
--- #685 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.4% longer than state average
--- 1.8% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 52.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.3%), carpooled (13.1%), walked (2%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (4.7%)

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#16. Berkeley County

- Average commute time: 28.2 minutes
--- #675 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.8% longer than state average
--- 2.2% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 56.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.8%), carpooled (9.4%), walked (2.6%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (4.5%)

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#15. Allendale County

- Average commute time: 28.6 minutes
--- #615 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 14.4% longer than state average
--- 3.6% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 24.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 45.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.7%), carpooled (9.8%), walked (2.4%), public transportation (2.4%), worked from home (1.5%)

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#14. Orangeburg County

- Average commute time: 29.1 minutes
--- #548 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 16.4% longer than state average
--- 5.4% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 27.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.1%), carpooled (8.3%), walked (1.4%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (4.2%)

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#13. Clarendon County

- Average commute time: 29.4 minutes
--- #507 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 17.6% longer than state average
--- 6.5% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 47.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.2%), carpooled (11.5%), walked (1%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (3.7%)

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#12. Calhoun County

- Average commute time: 29.8 minutes
--- #464 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 19.2% longer than state average
--- 8.0% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 71.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (90.1%), carpooled (6.3%), walked (0.9%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (2.6%)

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#11. Fairfield County

- Average commute time: 30.1 minutes
--- #440 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 20.4% longer than state average
--- 9.1% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 53.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (87.7%), carpooled (7.8%), walked (0.3%), public transportation (1.6%), worked from home (2.4%)

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#10. McCormick County

- Average commute time: 30.2 minutes
--- #427 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 20.8% longer than state average
--- 9.4% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 31.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (87.3%), carpooled (8.1%), walked (1.1%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (2.8%)

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#9. Lancaster County

- Average commute time: 30.5 minutes
--- #396 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 22.0% longer than state average
--- 10.5% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 21.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.4%), carpooled (7.3%), walked (0.4%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (6.1%)

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#8. Marion County

- Average commute time: 30.8 minutes
--- #362 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 23.2% longer than state average
--- 11.6% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 45.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.1%), carpooled (15.7%), walked (0.8%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (1.9%)

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#7. Dorchester County

- Average commute time: 31 minutes
--- #344 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 24.0% longer than state average
--- 12.3% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 61.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86%), carpooled (7.1%), walked (0.6%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (4.5%)

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#6. Saluda County

- Average commute time: 31 minutes
--- #344 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 24.0% longer than state average
--- 12.3% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 57.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.5%), carpooled (15.7%), walked (0.7%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (1.9%)

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#5. Jasper County

- Average commute time: 31.1 minutes
--- #334 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 24.4% longer than state average
--- 12.7% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 48.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.3%), carpooled (14.4%), walked (3.3%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (3%)

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#4. Williamsburg County

- Average commute time: 31.1 minutes
--- #334 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 24.4% longer than state average
--- 12.7% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 44%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (87.1%), carpooled (6.7%), walked (1.1%), public transportation (2%), worked from home (2.4%)

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#3. Barnwell County

- Average commute time: 31.4 minutes
--- #307 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 25.6% longer than state average
--- 13.8% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 29.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 39%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.8%), carpooled (9.9%), walked (1.1%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (1.6%)

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#2. Hampton County

- Average commute time: 31.7 minutes
--- #282 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 26.8% longer than state average
--- 14.9% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 35.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.6%), carpooled (12.2%), walked (1.1%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (0.6%)

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#1. Colleton County

- Average commute time: 32.1 minutes
--- #257 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 28.4% longer than state average
--- 16.3% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 32.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.1%), carpooled (14.8%), walked (0.7%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (1.9%)

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