Counties with the worst commutes in Virginia

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August 28, 2021
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Counties with the worst commutes in Virginia

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 Virginia 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. Craig County

- Average commute time: 33.9 minutes
--- #144 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 18.1% longer than state average
--- 22.8% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 0.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 9.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 72.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (90.4%), carpooled (7%), walked (0.2%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (2.4%)

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#29. New Kent County

- Average commute time: 34 minutes
--- #138 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 18.5% longer than state average
--- 23.2% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 13.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 76%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.3%), carpooled (5.4%), walked (0.8%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (5.9%)

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#28. Floyd County

- Average commute time: 34.3 minutes
--- #127 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 19.5% longer than state average
--- 24.3% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 10.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 57.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.3%), carpooled (10.7%), walked (1.7%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (6.3%)

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#27. Northumberland County

- Average commute time: 34.3 minutes
--- #127 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 19.5% longer than state average
--- 24.3% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 9.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 45.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.4%), carpooled (5.7%), walked (0.9%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (8%)

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#26. Loudoun County

- Average commute time: 34.5 minutes
--- #118 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 20.2% longer than state average
--- 25.0% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 11.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 40.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.2%), carpooled (9.2%), walked (1.7%), public transportation (3.6%), worked from home (7.9%)

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#25. Page County

- Average commute time: 34.8 minutes
--- #111 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.3% longer than state average
--- 26.1% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 8.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 27.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 46.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.1%), carpooled (14.5%), walked (1.8%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (4.8%)

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#24. Sussex County

- Average commute time: 34.9 minutes
--- #106 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.6% longer than state average
--- 26.4% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 24.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 61.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.1%), carpooled (11.4%), walked (2.4%), public transportation (1.2%), worked from home (2.1%)

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#23. Caroline County

- Average commute time: 35.1 minutes
--- #98 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 22.3% longer than state average
--- 27.2% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 20.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 61.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.3%), carpooled (10.5%), walked (4.4%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (3.4%)

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#22. King and Queen County

- Average commute time: 35.2 minutes
--- #95 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 22.6% longer than state average
--- 27.5% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 78.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.4%), carpooled (5.8%), walked (0.3%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (8.5%)

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#21. Essex County

- Average commute time: 35.7 minutes
--- #81 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 24.4% longer than state average
--- 29.3% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 22.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 55.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.4%), carpooled (9.1%), walked (2%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (4%)

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#20. Buckingham County

- Average commute time: 36.3 minutes
--- #71 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 26.5% longer than state average
--- 31.5% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 21.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 60.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82%), carpooled (7.9%), walked (1.5%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (5.2%)

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#19. Manassas

- Average commute time: 36.5 minutes
--- #66 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 27.2% longer than state average
--- 32.2% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 20.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 69.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.2%), carpooled (13%), walked (2%), public transportation (3.4%), worked from home (4%)

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#18. Louisa County

- Average commute time: 36.7 minutes
--- #61 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 27.9% longer than state average
--- 33.0% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 57.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.6%), carpooled (12.9%), walked (1.2%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (6.6%)

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#17. Clarke County

- Average commute time: 38.1 minutes
--- #43 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 32.8% longer than state average
--- 38.0% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 69.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.1%), carpooled (10.3%), walked (1.5%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (6.7%)

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#16. King George County

- Average commute time: 38.1 minutes
--- #43 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 32.8% longer than state average
--- 38.0% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 12.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 23.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 35.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.9%), carpooled (9.9%), walked (0.8%), public transportation (1.8%), worked from home (4.1%)

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#15. Orange County

- Average commute time: 38.2 minutes
--- #40 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 33.1% longer than state average
--- 38.4% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 9.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 58.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.4%), carpooled (11.5%), walked (0.7%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (5.1%)

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#14. Culpeper County

- Average commute time: 38.2 minutes
--- #40 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 33.1% longer than state average
--- 38.4% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 11.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 25.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 48.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81%), carpooled (11.2%), walked (1.3%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (4.4%)

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#13. Spotsylvania County

- Average commute time: 38.3 minutes
--- #38 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 33.4% longer than state average
--- 38.8% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 10.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 24.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 55.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.8%), carpooled (12.7%), walked (0.7%), public transportation (2.7%), worked from home (4.9%)

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#12. Mathews County

- Average commute time: 38.6 minutes
--- #35 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 34.5% longer than state average
--- 39.9% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 24.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 61.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.2%), carpooled (13.1%), walked (0.8%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (5.3%)

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#11. King William County

- Average commute time: 39.1 minutes
--- #31 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 36.2% longer than state average
--- 41.7% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 71.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (88.2%), carpooled (4.1%), walked (0.6%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (6%)

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#10. Amelia County

- Average commute time: 39.9 minutes
--- #22 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 39.0% longer than state average
--- 44.6% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 26.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 72.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.8%), carpooled (4.8%), walked (1.7%), public transportation (1.1%), worked from home (3.5%)

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#9. Rappahannock County

- Average commute time: 39.9 minutes
--- #22 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 39.0% longer than state average
--- 44.6% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 17.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 53.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.7%), carpooled (12.8%), walked (3.4%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (7.9%)

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#8. Prince William County

- Average commute time: 40 minutes
--- #21 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 39.4% longer than state average
--- 44.9% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 22.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 49.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.3%), carpooled (11.5%), walked (1.1%), public transportation (4.9%), worked from home (4.8%)

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#7. Manassas Park

- Average commute time: 40.5 minutes
--- #18 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 41.1% longer than state average
--- 46.7% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 30.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 73.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (70.5%), carpooled (15.1%), walked (0.5%), public transportation (7.3%), worked from home (5.6%)

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#6. Stafford County

- Average commute time: 40.5 minutes
--- #18 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 41.1% longer than state average
--- 46.7% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 10.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 27.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 56.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74%), carpooled (13.5%), walked (1.6%), public transportation (3.8%), worked from home (5.7%)

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#5. Fauquier County

- Average commute time: 41 minutes
--- #17 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 42.9% longer than state average
--- 48.6% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 9.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 23.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 54.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.3%), carpooled (7.7%), walked (1%), public transportation (1.2%), worked from home (8%)

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#4. Surry County

- Average commute time: 41.3 minutes
--- #16 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 43.9% longer than state average
--- 49.6% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 8.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 26.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 74%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83%), carpooled (8.8%), walked (1%), public transportation (2.9%), worked from home (3%)

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#3. Warren County

- Average commute time: 41.7 minutes
--- #15 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 45.3% longer than state average
--- 51.1% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 11.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 27.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 52.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.1%), carpooled (14.9%), walked (2.1%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (6.9%)

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#2. Westmoreland County

- Average commute time: 42.6 minutes
--- #11 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 48.4% longer than state average
--- 54.3% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 12.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 22.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 55.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.8%), carpooled (9.5%), walked (0.3%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (9.1%)

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#1. Cumberland County

- Average commute time: 44.8 minutes
--- #6 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 56.1% longer than state average
--- 62.3% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 12.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 74.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.7%), carpooled (12.7%), walked (0%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (6.5%)

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