Counties with the worst commutes in South Dakota

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July 27, 2022
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Counties with the worst commutes in South Dakota

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 Dakota 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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#50. Buffalo County

- Average Commute Time: 14.5 minutes
--- 2.8 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 0.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 2.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 33.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.5%), carpooled (10.7%), walked to work (7.4%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (7.2%)
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#49. Jerauld County

- Average Commute Time: 14.5 minutes
--- 2.8 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 8.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 20.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.1%), carpooled (6.1%), walked to work (7.7%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (10.6%)
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#48. Grant County

- Average Commute Time: 14.5 minutes
--- 2.8 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 8.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.4%), carpooled (9.6%), walked to work (1.9%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (4.4%)
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#47. Bennett County

- Average Commute Time: 14.5 minutes
--- 2.8 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 3.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 15.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.1%), carpooled (7.2%), walked to work (8.6%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (3.9%)
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#46. Campbell County

- Average Commute Time: 14.7 minutes
--- 2.6 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 2.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 11.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 11.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (60.9%), carpooled (2.2%), walked to work (11.7%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (22.3%)

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#45. Lyman County

- Average Commute Time: 14.7 minutes
--- 2.6 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 4.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 26.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.6%), carpooled (10.8%), walked to work (6.8%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (8.9%)
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#44. Walworth County

- Average Commute Time: 14.7 minutes
--- 2.6 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 7.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 14.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.9%), carpooled (12.0%), walked to work (4.4%), public transportation (1.1%), worked from home (3.9%)
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#43. Brookings County

- Average Commute Time: 14.8 minutes
--- 2.5 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 2.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 8.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.6%), carpooled (9.2%), walked to work (4.3%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (8.7%)
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#42. Stanley County

- Average Commute Time: 14.9 minutes
--- 2.4 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 1.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 7.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 63.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.3%), carpooled (6.1%), walked to work (3.4%), public transportation (2.0%), worked from home (5.2%)
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#41. Jones County

- Average Commute Time: 15 minutes
--- 2.3 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 4.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 15.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (60.7%), carpooled (2.6%), walked to work (21.9%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (13.0%)

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#40. Gregory County

- Average Commute Time: 15.4 minutes
--- 1.9 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 2.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 12.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.9%), carpooled (7.3%), walked to work (6.1%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (6.2%)
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#39. Haakon County

- Average Commute Time: 15.6 minutes
--- 1.7 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 11.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 8.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 10.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.9%), carpooled (3.9%), walked to work (6.6%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (10.2%)
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#38. Clay County

- Average Commute Time: 16 minutes
--- 1.3 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 4.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 21.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (67.3%), carpooled (8.7%), walked to work (13.1%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (7.8%)
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#37. Dewey County

- Average Commute Time: 16.2 minutes
--- 1.1 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 1.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 2.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 12.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.1%), carpooled (6.8%), walked to work (3.2%), public transportation (1.3%), worked from home (12.7%)
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#36. Harding County

- Average Commute Time: 16.3 minutes
--- 1.0 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 10.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 0.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (39.8%), carpooled (11.2%), walked to work (11.4%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (36.7%)

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#35. Oglala Lakota County

- Average Commute Time: 16.3 minutes
--- 1.0 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 7.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 3.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (68.7%), carpooled (7.7%), walked to work (11.1%), public transportation (2.0%), worked from home (2.3%)
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#34. Roberts County

- Average Commute Time: 16.8 minutes
--- 0.5 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 8.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 11.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.7%), carpooled (9.9%), walked to work (3.1%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (5.2%)
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#33. Day County

- Average Commute Time: 16.9 minutes
--- 0.4 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 2.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 8.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 21.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.4%), carpooled (5.7%), walked to work (5.2%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (9.6%)
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#32. Aurora County

- Average Commute Time: 17.1 minutes
--- 0.2 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 1.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 9.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 35.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.2%), carpooled (8.5%), walked to work (3.6%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (13.4%)
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#31. Butte County

- Average Commute Time: 17.1 minutes
--- 0.2 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 31.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (66.9%), carpooled (14.0%), walked to work (7.9%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (10.6%)

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#30. McPherson County

- Average Commute Time: 17.4 minutes
--- 0.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 10.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 17.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (69.9%), carpooled (6.5%), walked to work (5.1%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (14.6%)
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#29. Kingsbury County

- Average Commute Time: 17.5 minutes
--- 0.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 10.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 31.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.2%), carpooled (6.0%), walked to work (4.4%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (10.0%)
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#28. Lawrence County

- Average Commute Time: 17.6 minutes
--- 0.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 12.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 17.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.8%), carpooled (10.2%), walked to work (4.6%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (5.4%)
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#27. Minnehaha County

- Average Commute Time: 17.7 minutes
--- 0.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 2.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 10.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 11.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.5%), carpooled (7.9%), walked to work (2.3%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (4.9%)
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#26. Lake County

- Average Commute Time: 17.7 minutes
--- 0.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 23.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.8%), carpooled (7.5%), walked to work (2.9%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (7.4%)

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#25. Marshall County

- Average Commute Time: 18 minutes
--- 0.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 12.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 18.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.3%), carpooled (6.9%), walked to work (3.1%), public transportation (1.3%), worked from home (8.7%)
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#24. Hutchinson County

- Average Commute Time: 18.3 minutes
--- 1.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 10.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 21.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.0%), carpooled (4.3%), walked to work (5.4%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (9.4%)
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#23. Spink County

- Average Commute Time: 18.4 minutes
--- 1.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 8.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 18.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.7%), carpooled (8.5%), walked to work (5.0%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (11.3%)
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#22. Pennington County

- Average Commute Time: 18.8 minutes
--- 1.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 11.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 5.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.3%), carpooled (7.4%), walked to work (2.2%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (6.0%)
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#21. Douglas County

- Average Commute Time: 18.8 minutes
--- 1.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 23.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.9%), carpooled (3.9%), walked to work (8.9%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (10.3%)

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#20. Lincoln County

- Average Commute Time: 19 minutes
--- 1.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 1.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 11.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 63.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.7%), carpooled (6.4%), walked to work (1.9%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (7.3%)
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#19. Union County

- Average Commute Time: 19 minutes
--- 1.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 11.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 14.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.6%), carpooled (6.4%), walked to work (0.9%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (5.9%)
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#18. Edmunds County

- Average Commute Time: 19.7 minutes
--- 2.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 12.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 35.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.4%), carpooled (9.8%), walked to work (4.3%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (8.9%)
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#17. Moody County

- Average Commute Time: 19.9 minutes
--- 2.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 34.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (71.7%), carpooled (8.7%), walked to work (4.9%), public transportation (1.5%), worked from home (12.0%)
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#16. Todd County

- Average Commute Time: 20.1 minutes
--- 2.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 1.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 5.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.9%), carpooled (4.3%), walked to work (5.2%), public transportation (2.1%), worked from home (3.5%)

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#15. Meade County

- Average Commute Time: 20.2 minutes
--- 2.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 2.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 56.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.8%), carpooled (11.3%), walked to work (4.2%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (8.0%)
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#14. Mellette County

- Average Commute Time: 20.5 minutes
--- 3.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 1.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 4.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 33.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.6%), carpooled (13.4%), walked to work (8.7%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (1.5%)
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#13. Miner County

- Average Commute Time: 20.6 minutes
--- 3.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 34.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.8%), carpooled (7.6%), walked to work (2.8%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (9.3%)
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#12. Bon Homme County

- Average Commute Time: 20.7 minutes
--- 3.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 34.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.2%), carpooled (10.7%), walked to work (2.7%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (10.3%)
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#11. Fall River County

- Average Commute Time: 20.7 minutes
--- 3.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 12.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 13.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.1%), carpooled (7.4%), walked to work (6.5%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (12.6%)

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#10. Sanborn County

- Average Commute Time: 20.8 minutes
--- 3.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 1.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 11.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 44.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (71.2%), carpooled (8.0%), walked to work (4.2%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (15.0%)
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#9. Hamlin County

- Average Commute Time: 21 minutes
--- 3.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 39.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.1%), carpooled (10.0%), walked to work (4.9%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (10.2%)
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#8. Clark County

- Average Commute Time: 21.5 minutes
--- 4.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 31.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (71.7%), carpooled (7.3%), walked to work (3.4%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (16.6%)
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#7. Corson County

- Average Commute Time: 22.2 minutes
--- 4.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 3.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 10.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (57.8%), carpooled (5.7%), walked to work (3.0%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (32.7%)
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#6. Deuel County

- Average Commute Time: 23.5 minutes
--- 6.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 38.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.6%), carpooled (10.1%), walked to work (2.6%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (6.6%)

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#5. Hanson County

- Average Commute Time: 24 minutes
--- 6.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 55.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.2%), carpooled (8.3%), walked to work (4.3%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (8.3%)
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#4. Ziebach County

- Average Commute Time: 24.5 minutes
--- 7.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 2.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 44.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (52.2%), carpooled (18.2%), walked to work (2.4%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (25.5%)
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#3. McCook County

- Average Commute Time: 25.2 minutes
--- 7.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 49.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.3%), carpooled (10.7%), walked to work (5.6%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (8.9%)
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#2. Turner County

- Average Commute Time: 25.5 minutes
--- 8.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 12.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 53.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.9%), carpooled (8.6%), walked to work (2.8%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (6.6%)
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#1. Custer County

- Average Commute Time: 28.5 minutes
--- 11.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 35.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.2%), carpooled (8.7%), walked to work (7.1%), public transportation (1.1%), worked from home (5.7%)

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