Counties with the worst commutes in Washington

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August 28, 2021
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Counties with the worst commutes in Washington

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 Washington 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. Douglas County

- Average commute time: 19.2 minutes
--- #2,458 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 31.4% shorter than state average
--- 30.4% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 58.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.7%), carpooled (5.9%), walked (2.3%), public transportation (1%), worked from home (4.2%)

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#29. Columbia County

- Average commute time: 19.2 minutes
--- #2,458 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 31.4% shorter than state average
--- 30.4% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 19.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (65.4%), carpooled (8.5%), walked (15.3%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (6.3%)

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#28. Garfield County

- Average commute time: 20.5 minutes
--- #2,228 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 26.8% shorter than state average
--- 25.7% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 0.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 19.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.1%), carpooled (14.3%), walked (3.7%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (7.2%)

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#27. Kittitas County

- Average commute time: 20.8 minutes
--- #2,170 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 25.7% shorter than state average
--- 24.6% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 16.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.6%), carpooled (8%), walked (10%), public transportation (1.6%), worked from home (4.7%)

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#26. Franklin County

- Average commute time: 21.5 minutes
--- #2,035 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 23.2% shorter than state average
--- 22.1% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 21.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 49.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.8%), carpooled (14.1%), walked (1%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (4.4%)

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#25. Pacific County

- Average commute time: 21.6 minutes
--- #2,015 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 22.9% shorter than state average
--- 21.7% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 19.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 10.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.8%), carpooled (13%), walked (3.4%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (7.2%)

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#24. Benton County

- Average commute time: 21.8 minutes
--- #1,985 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 22.1% shorter than state average
--- 21.0% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 22.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 19.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.6%), carpooled (10.9%), walked (1.3%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (4.3%)

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#23. Klickitat County

- Average commute time: 21.9 minutes
--- #1,962 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.8% shorter than state average
--- 20.7% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (69.5%), carpooled (8.3%), walked (6.8%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (13.3%)

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#22. Spokane County

- Average commute time: 22 minutes
--- #1,941 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.4% shorter than state average
--- 20.3% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 1.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.4%), carpooled (9.5%), walked (2.8%), public transportation (2.7%), worked from home (6.1%)

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#21. Whatcom County

- Average commute time: 22 minutes
--- #1,941 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.4% shorter than state average
--- 20.3% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 7.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.3%), carpooled (8.6%), walked (3.7%), public transportation (2.5%), worked from home (6.1%)

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#20. Clallam County

- Average commute time: 22.1 minutes
--- #1,921 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.1% shorter than state average
--- 19.9% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 11.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 6.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.5%), carpooled (10.3%), walked (3.4%), public transportation (1.1%), worked from home (7%)

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#19. Lincoln County

- Average commute time: 24.1 minutes
--- #1,472 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 13.9% shorter than state average
--- 12.7% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 20.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 28.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (69.5%), carpooled (7.1%), walked (7.8%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (13.8%)

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#18. Jefferson County

- Average commute time: 24.5 minutes
--- #1,363 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.5% shorter than state average
--- 11.2% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 13.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 17.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.8%), carpooled (6.1%), walked (5.9%), public transportation (1.8%), worked from home (10.9%)

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#17. Ferry County

- Average commute time: 24.8 minutes
--- #1,289 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 11.4% shorter than state average
--- 10.1% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 20.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 28.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (60.5%), carpooled (18%), walked (5.9%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (14%)

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#16. Cowlitz County

- Average commute time: 25.7 minutes
--- #1,109 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 8.2% shorter than state average
--- 6.9% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 21.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 14.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82%), carpooled (9.9%), walked (2%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (4.7%)

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#15. Skagit County

- Average commute time: 26 minutes
--- #1,044 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 7.1% shorter than state average
--- 5.8% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 20.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 21.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.1%), carpooled (9.9%), walked (2.4%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (6.3%)

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#14. Thurston County

- Average commute time: 26.8 minutes
--- #903 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.3% shorter than state average
--- 2.9% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 26.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.9%), carpooled (9.6%), walked (1.8%), public transportation (2%), worked from home (5.6%)

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#13. Grays Harbor County

- Average commute time: 27.1 minutes
--- #846 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 3.2% shorter than state average
--- 1.8% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 17.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77%), carpooled (10.8%), walked (3%), public transportation (1%), worked from home (6.7%)

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#12. Clark County

- Average commute time: 27.3 minutes
--- #815 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 2.5% shorter than state average
--- 1.1% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 2.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.5%), carpooled (8.8%), walked (1.8%), public transportation (2.1%), worked from home (7.4%)

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#11. Island County

- Average commute time: 28.4 minutes
--- #642 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 1.4% longer than state average
--- 2.9% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 29.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.6%), carpooled (11.5%), walked (3.9%), public transportation (2.5%), worked from home (7.4%)

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#10. Lewis County

- Average commute time: 28.5 minutes
--- #631 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 1.8% longer than state average
--- 3.3% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 23.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 28.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.5%), carpooled (11.9%), walked (3.1%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (4.3%)

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#9. Stevens County

- Average commute time: 29.3 minutes
--- #522 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.6% longer than state average
--- 6.2% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 23.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 30.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.9%), carpooled (9.1%), walked (3%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (6.1%)

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#8. King County

- Average commute time: 29.9 minutes
--- #454 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 6.8% longer than state average
--- 8.3% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 6.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (61.6%), carpooled (9.5%), walked (5.5%), public transportation (13.7%), worked from home (6.9%)

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#7. Skamania County

- Average commute time: 29.9 minutes
--- #454 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 6.8% longer than state average
--- 8.3% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 23.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 26.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.2%), carpooled (6.8%), walked (3.5%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (9.9%)

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#6. Kitsap County

- Average commute time: 30.6 minutes
--- #386 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 9.3% longer than state average
--- 10.9% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 22.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 17.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (69.1%), carpooled (7.2%), walked (5.4%), public transportation (9.3%), worked from home (6.3%)

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#5. Pend Oreille County

- Average commute time: 32.1 minutes
--- #257 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 14.6% longer than state average
--- 16.3% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 25.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 25.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.9%), carpooled (8.9%), walked (1.5%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (8.9%)

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#4. Snohomish County

- Average commute time: 32.6 minutes
--- #220 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 16.4% longer than state average
--- 18.1% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 22.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 36%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.3%), carpooled (11.4%), walked (1.9%), public transportation (5.5%), worked from home (5.6%)

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#3. Pierce County

- Average commute time: 32.8 minutes
--- #208 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 17.1% longer than state average
--- 18.8% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 23.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 29.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.9%), carpooled (10%), walked (2%), public transportation (3.9%), worked from home (5%)

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#2. Mason County

- Average commute time: 33.1 minutes
--- #188 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 18.2% longer than state average
--- 19.9% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 22.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 46.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.9%), carpooled (13.8%), walked (1.5%), public transportation (1.6%), worked from home (5.9%)

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#1. Wahkiakum County

- Average commute time: 37.2 minutes
--- #55 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 32.9% longer than state average
--- 34.8% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 9.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 22.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 40%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.8%), carpooled (4.7%), walked (1.4%), public transportation (1.7%), worked from home (5.7%)

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