Counties with the worst commutes in North Carolina

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September 26, 2021
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Counties with the worst commutes in North 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 North 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. Columbus County

- Average commute time: 27 minutes
--- #868 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 8.9% longer than state average
--- 2.2% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 23.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.7%), carpooled (10%), walked (1%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (2.3%)

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#29. Greene County

- Average commute time: 27 minutes
--- #868 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 8.9% longer than state average
--- 2.2% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 63.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.7%), carpooled (14.1%), walked (2.1%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (1.6%)

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#28. Polk County

- Average commute time: 27.1 minutes
--- #846 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 9.3% longer than state average
--- 1.8% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 9.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 23.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80%), carpooled (9.8%), walked (1.8%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (5.7%)

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#27. Graham County

- Average commute time: 28 minutes
--- #699 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.9% longer than state average
--- 1.4% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 13.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 30%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.5%), carpooled (12.1%), walked (1.1%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (2.9%)

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#26. Bertie County

- Average commute time: 28 minutes
--- #699 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.9% longer than state average
--- 1.4% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 20.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 43.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.8%), carpooled (12.1%), walked (1.6%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (3.5%)

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#25. Pamlico County

- Average commute time: 28.1 minutes
--- #685 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 13.3% longer than state average
--- 1.8% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 21.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 46.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.3%), carpooled (10%), walked (0.7%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (5.7%)

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#24. Cabarrus County

- Average commute time: 28.2 minutes
--- #675 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 13.7% longer than state average
--- 2.2% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 49%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.7%), carpooled (9.9%), walked (0.5%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (5.9%)

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#23. Warren County

- Average commute time: 28.3 minutes
--- #663 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 14.1% longer than state average
--- 2.5% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 50.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.5%), carpooled (13.8%), walked (1.9%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (2.6%)

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#22. Yancey County

- Average commute time: 28.4 minutes
--- #642 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 14.5% longer than state average
--- 2.9% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 36.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.1%), carpooled (7.2%), walked (1%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (5.5%)

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#21. Hoke County

- Average commute time: 28.6 minutes
--- #615 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 15.3% longer than state average
--- 3.6% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 20.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 66.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.9%), carpooled (11.5%), walked (0.6%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (2.9%)

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#20. Madison County

- Average commute time: 28.7 minutes
--- #606 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 15.7% longer than state average
--- 4.0% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 53.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79%), carpooled (8.4%), walked (2.2%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (9.5%)

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#19. Granville County

- Average commute time: 28.9 minutes
--- #577 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 16.5% longer than state average
--- 4.7% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 54.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84%), carpooled (9%), walked (0.9%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (4.8%)

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#18. Stokes County

- Average commute time: 29.3 minutes
--- #522 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 18.1% longer than state average
--- 6.2% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 66.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (88.5%), carpooled (7.3%), walked (0.2%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (3.5%)

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#17. Jones County

- Average commute time: 29.4 minutes
--- #507 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 18.5% longer than state average
--- 6.5% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 23.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 74.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.2%), carpooled (9.7%), walked (1.7%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (3.4%)

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#16. Chowan County

- Average commute time: 29.5 minutes
--- #492 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 19.0% longer than state average
--- 6.9% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 39.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.3%), carpooled (9.5%), walked (3.9%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (3.9%)

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#15. Pasquotank County

- Average commute time: 29.5 minutes
--- #492 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 19.0% longer than state average
--- 6.9% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 15.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82%), carpooled (10.9%), walked (2.4%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (2.4%)

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#14. Union County

- Average commute time: 29.8 minutes
--- #464 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 20.2% longer than state average
--- 8.0% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 43.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.8%), carpooled (8.4%), walked (0.9%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (7.5%)

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#13. Chatham County

- Average commute time: 29.8 minutes
--- #464 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 20.2% longer than state average
--- 8.0% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 10.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 59.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80%), carpooled (8.5%), walked (1.9%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (8.1%)

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#12. Lincoln County

- Average commute time: 30.3 minutes
--- #418 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 22.2% longer than state average
--- 9.8% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 55.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.7%), carpooled (7.5%), walked (0.2%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (4.4%)

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#11. Person County

- Average commute time: 30.4 minutes
--- #406 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 22.6% longer than state average
--- 10.1% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 45.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.6%), carpooled (9.1%), walked (1.1%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (2.7%)

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#10. Harnett County

- Average commute time: 30.4 minutes
--- #406 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 22.6% longer than state average
--- 10.1% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 21.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 62.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.5%), carpooled (8%), walked (1.2%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (3.3%)

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#9. Pender County

- Average commute time: 30.4 minutes
--- #406 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 22.6% longer than state average
--- 10.1% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 58.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.2%), carpooled (9.9%), walked (0.7%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (7%)

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#8. Johnston County

- Average commute time: 30.9 minutes
--- #351 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 24.6% longer than state average
--- 12.0% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 51.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83%), carpooled (9.6%), walked (0.5%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (5.9%)

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#7. Tyrrell County

- Average commute time: 30.9 minutes
--- #351 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 24.6% longer than state average
--- 12.0% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 10.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 40.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80%), carpooled (16.2%), walked (1.5%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (1.9%)

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#6. Caswell County

- Average commute time: 31.6 minutes
--- #290 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 27.4% longer than state average
--- 14.5% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 55.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.9%), carpooled (10.2%), walked (0.6%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (1.8%)

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#5. Franklin County

- Average commute time: 33.3 minutes
--- #180 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 34.3% longer than state average
--- 20.7% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 66%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.8%), carpooled (9.4%), walked (1.3%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (4.7%)

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#4. Camden County

- Average commute time: 34.1 minutes
--- #136 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 37.5% longer than state average
--- 23.6% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 25.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 50.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.3%), carpooled (7.4%), walked (2.7%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (2.4%)

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#3. Perquimans County

- Average commute time: 34.8 minutes
--- #111 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 40.3% longer than state average
--- 26.1% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 9.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 44.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.6%), carpooled (10.4%), walked (1.8%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (5.3%)

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#2. Currituck County

- Average commute time: 36.2 minutes
--- #72 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 46.0% longer than state average
--- 31.2% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 21.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 20.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.3%), carpooled (10.3%), walked (1.1%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (4.3%)

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#1. Gates County

- Average commute time: 36.6 minutes
--- #62 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 47.6% longer than state average
--- 32.6% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 25.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 17%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (88%), carpooled (9.2%), walked (0.3%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (1.8%)

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