Counties with the worst commutes in South Carolina

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

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#46. Greenwood County

- Average Commute Time: 20.6 minutes
--- 4.5 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 11.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 18.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.4%), carpooled (10.5%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (1.8%)
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#45. Dillon County

- Average Commute Time: 21.8 minutes
--- 3.3 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 29.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.0%), carpooled (16.4%), walked to work (0.5%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (4.9%)
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#44. Horry County

- Average Commute Time: 22.2 minutes
--- 2.9 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 9.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.4%), carpooled (7.8%), walked to work (1.4%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (6.3%)
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#43. Sumter County

- Average Commute Time: 22.3 minutes
--- 2.8 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 19.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.0%), carpooled (8.9%), walked to work (1.9%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (2.4%)
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#42. Darlington County

- Average Commute Time: 22.5 minutes
--- 2.6 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 41.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.0%), carpooled (9.5%), walked to work (1.4%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (3.0%)

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#41. Richland County

- Average Commute Time: 22.6 minutes
--- 2.5 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 20.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.7%), carpooled (8.0%), walked to work (7.9%), public transportation (1.0%), worked from home (5.3%)
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#40. Beaufort County

- Average Commute Time: 22.8 minutes
--- 2.3 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 10.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.7%), carpooled (9.9%), walked to work (1.6%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (8.4%)
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#39. Florence County

- Average Commute Time: 22.9 minutes
--- 2.2 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 10.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 16.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.5%), carpooled (9.6%), walked to work (0.8%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (5.0%)
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#38. Greenville County

- Average Commute Time: 23.4 minutes
--- 1.7 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 9.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 14.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.6%), carpooled (9.0%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (6.8%)
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#37. Spartanburg County

- Average Commute Time: 23.4 minutes
--- 1.7 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 20.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.8%), carpooled (9.5%), walked to work (1.1%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (4.4%)

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#36. Charleston County

- Average Commute Time: 24.2 minutes
--- 0.9 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 7.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 9.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.2%), carpooled (7.6%), walked to work (2.4%), public transportation (1.2%), worked from home (8.6%)
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#35. Cherokee County

- Average Commute Time: 24.3 minutes
--- 0.8 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 28.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.5%), carpooled (11.8%), walked to work (0.5%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (3.4%)
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#34. Aiken County

- Average Commute Time: 24.9 minutes
--- 0.2 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 10.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.4%), carpooled (9.8%), walked to work (0.9%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (5.1%)
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#33. Anderson County

- Average Commute Time: 25 minutes
--- 0.1 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 12.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 32.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.3%), carpooled (9.7%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (3.9%)
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#32. Oconee County

- Average Commute Time: 25.2 minutes
--- 0.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 12.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 28.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.6%), carpooled (10.5%), walked to work (1.0%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (5.6%)

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#31. Chesterfield County

- Average Commute Time: 25.2 minutes
--- 0.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 18.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.4%), carpooled (7.2%), walked to work (0.6%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (0.7%)
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#30. Marlboro County

- Average Commute Time: 25.7 minutes
--- 0.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 28.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.8%), carpooled (9.8%), walked to work (0.2%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (1.7%)
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#29. Newberry County

- Average Commute Time: 25.7 minutes
--- 0.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 33.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.7%), carpooled (7.2%), walked to work (2.7%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (2.3%)
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#28. Lexington County

- Average Commute Time: 25.8 minutes
--- 0.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 10.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 38.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.1%), carpooled (8.8%), walked to work (0.7%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (5.8%)
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#27. Edgefield County

- Average Commute Time: 26.3 minutes
--- 1.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 36.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.2%), carpooled (8.8%), walked to work (2.0%), public transportation (1.5%), worked from home (3.6%)

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#26. Laurens County

- Average Commute Time: 26.5 minutes
--- 1.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 44.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.4%), carpooled (12.1%), walked to work (2.0%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (3.3%)
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#25. Pickens County

- Average Commute Time: 26.7 minutes
--- 1.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 11.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 43.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.1%), carpooled (9.5%), walked to work (2.0%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (6.8%)
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#24. Lee County

- Average Commute Time: 27.1 minutes
--- 2.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 65.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (89.7%), carpooled (5.4%), walked to work (1.5%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (1.5%)
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#23. Georgetown County

- Average Commute Time: 27.4 minutes
--- 2.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 11.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 12.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 26.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.7%), carpooled (9.4%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (7.3%)
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#22. Kershaw County

- Average Commute Time: 27.6 minutes
--- 2.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 50.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.1%), carpooled (9.4%), walked to work (0.6%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (4.3%)

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#21. York County

- Average Commute Time: 27.8 minutes
--- 2.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.0%), carpooled (9.1%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (8.3%)
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#20. Chester County

- Average Commute Time: 28 minutes
--- 2.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 45.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.5%), carpooled (10.7%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (2.6%)
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#19. Union County

- Average Commute Time: 28 minutes
--- 2.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 40.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.2%), carpooled (11.4%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (2.1%)
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#18. Berkeley County

- Average Commute Time: 28.3 minutes
--- 3.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 54.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.8%), carpooled (8.4%), walked to work (2.3%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (4.9%)
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#17. Calhoun County

- Average Commute Time: 29.2 minutes
--- 4.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 10.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 71.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (90.7%), carpooled (4.7%), walked to work (1.9%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (2.4%)

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#16. Abbeville County

- Average Commute Time: 29.5 minutes
--- 4.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 56.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.6%), carpooled (12.3%), walked to work (2.5%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (3.6%)
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#15. Jasper County

- Average Commute Time: 29.5 minutes
--- 4.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 47.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.4%), carpooled (12.7%), walked to work (2.1%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (2.0%)
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#14. Orangeburg County

- Average Commute Time: 29.7 minutes
--- 4.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 28.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.5%), carpooled (7.6%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (3.8%)
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#13. Colleton County

- Average Commute Time: 29.8 minutes
--- 4.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 11.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 27.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.3%), carpooled (15.8%), walked to work (0.9%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (2.5%)
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#12. Bamberg County

- Average Commute Time: 29.8 minutes
--- 4.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 17.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 43.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.0%), carpooled (5.2%), walked to work (3.2%), public transportation (2.9%), worked from home (2.5%)

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#11. Saluda County

- Average Commute Time: 30.2 minutes
--- 5.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 53.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.0%), carpooled (14.5%), walked to work (0.7%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (2.1%)
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#10. Clarendon County

- Average Commute Time: 30.3 minutes
--- 5.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 46.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.8%), carpooled (10.6%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (4.4%)
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#9. Fairfield County

- Average Commute Time: 30.4 minutes
--- 5.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 55.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (89.0%), carpooled (5.5%), walked to work (0.5%), public transportation (1.4%), worked from home (2.8%)
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#8. Dorchester County

- Average Commute Time: 30.6 minutes
--- 5.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 60.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.8%), carpooled (6.5%), walked to work (0.6%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (5.2%)
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#7. Barnwell County

- Average Commute Time: 30.9 minutes
--- 5.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 30.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 41.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.0%), carpooled (9.0%), walked to work (1.4%), public transportation (2.2%), worked from home (2.2%)

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#6. Lancaster County

- Average Commute Time: 31 minutes
--- 5.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 21.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.8%), carpooled (8.3%), walked to work (0.7%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (8.5%)
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#5. Marion County

- Average Commute Time: 31.1 minutes
--- 6.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 45.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.3%), carpooled (10.0%), walked to work (0.5%), public transportation (1.1%), worked from home (2.4%)
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#4. Hampton County

- Average Commute Time: 31.4 minutes
--- 6.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 14.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 38.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.3%), carpooled (11.5%), walked to work (0.9%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (0.4%)
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#3. Allendale County

- Average Commute Time: 31.5 minutes
--- 6.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 24.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 22.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 53.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.3%), carpooled (12.9%), walked to work (3.8%), public transportation (2.3%), worked from home (0.4%)
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#2. McCormick County

- Average Commute Time: 31.6 minutes
--- 6.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 32.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (90.8%), carpooled (5.8%), walked to work (0.8%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (2.3%)

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#1. Williamsburg County

- Average Commute Time: 31.7 minutes
--- 6.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 18.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 43.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.8%), carpooled (8.2%), walked to work (0.4%), public transportation (1.2%), worked from home (3.9%)

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