Counties with the worst commutes in West Virginia

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June 29, 2021
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Counties with the worst commutes in West 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 West 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. Tyler County

- Average commute time: 27.6 minutes
--- #782 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 6.6% longer than state average
--- 0.0% shorter than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 21.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 55.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.9%), carpooled (6.1%), walked (4.4%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (4%)
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#29. Mineral County

- Average commute time: 27.9 minutes
--- #724 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 7.7% longer than state average
--- 1.1% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 19.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 10.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.2%), carpooled (7.2%), walked (3.6%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (2.6%)
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#28. Summers County

- Average commute time: 28 minutes
--- #699 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 8.1% longer than state average
--- 1.4% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 34.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.8%), carpooled (5.7%), walked (5.1%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (6.1%)
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#27. Mason County

- Average commute time: 28.5 minutes
--- #631 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 10.0% longer than state average
--- 3.3% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 34.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (87.1%), carpooled (8.2%), walked (1.1%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (3%)
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#26. Jackson County

- Average commute time: 28.6 minutes
--- #615 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 10.4% longer than state average
--- 3.6% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 13.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 38.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.6%), carpooled (11.2%), walked (2.1%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (3%)

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#25. Tucker County

- Average commute time: 28.6 minutes
--- #615 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 10.4% longer than state average
--- 3.6% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 23.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.8%), carpooled (13.3%), walked (2.5%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (4.3%)
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#24. Wetzel County

- Average commute time: 29 minutes
--- #567 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.0% longer than state average
--- 5.1% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 19.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 29.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85%), carpooled (5.8%), walked (3.8%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (3.7%)
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#23. Braxton County

- Average commute time: 29.1 minutes
--- #548 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.4% longer than state average
--- 5.4% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 19.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 24.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.3%), carpooled (5.5%), walked (1.3%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (6%)
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#22. Webster County

- Average commute time: 29.1 minutes
--- #548 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.4% longer than state average
--- 5.4% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 33.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 25.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.6%), carpooled (11.4%), walked (2.6%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (2.4%)
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#21. Gilmer County

- Average commute time: 29.2 minutes
--- #536 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.7% longer than state average
--- 5.8% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 19.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 34.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.3%), carpooled (6.1%), walked (4.7%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (2.9%)

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#20. Taylor County

- Average commute time: 29.3 minutes
--- #522 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 13.1% longer than state average
--- 6.2% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 23.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 63.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.3%), carpooled (9.3%), walked (0.6%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (2.3%)
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#19. Mingo County

- Average commute time: 29.4 minutes
--- #507 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 13.5% longer than state average
--- 6.5% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 19.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 24.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.6%), carpooled (8.1%), walked (4.6%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (2.4%)
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#18. Lewis County

- Average commute time: 29.7 minutes
--- #477 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 14.7% longer than state average
--- 7.6% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 20.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 34.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.3%), carpooled (6.7%), walked (1.9%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (3.3%)
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#17. Fayette County

- Average commute time: 30.6 minutes
--- #386 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 18.1% longer than state average
--- 10.9% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 44.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.5%), carpooled (10.8%), walked (3.2%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (2.3%)
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#16. Wyoming County

- Average commute time: 30.6 minutes
--- #386 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 18.1% longer than state average
--- 10.9% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 21.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 38.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.9%), carpooled (8.7%), walked (2.5%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (2.8%)

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#15. Berkeley County

- Average commute time: 30.6 minutes
--- #386 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 18.1% longer than state average
--- 10.9% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 20.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 7.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.8%), carpooled (10.1%), walked (1%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (3.7%)
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#14. Preston County

- Average commute time: 30.7 minutes
--- #371 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 18.5% longer than state average
--- 11.2% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 25.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 40.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.3%), carpooled (12.3%), walked (1.7%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (4.8%)
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#13. Nicholas County

- Average commute time: 30.9 minutes
--- #351 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 19.3% longer than state average
--- 12.0% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 9.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 19.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 28%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.5%), carpooled (8.4%), walked (1.2%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (2.8%)
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#12. Roane County

- Average commute time: 31.4 minutes
--- #307 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.2% longer than state average
--- 13.8% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 37%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.7%), carpooled (13.3%), walked (2%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (8.1%)
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#11. Pendleton County

- Average commute time: 32.2 minutes
--- #247 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 24.3% longer than state average
--- 16.7% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 25.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 16.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (72.9%), carpooled (15.8%), walked (3.6%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (7.4%)

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#10. Boone County

- Average commute time: 33.2 minutes
--- #183 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 28.2% longer than state average
--- 20.3% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 20.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 51.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (87.1%), carpooled (7%), walked (2%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (2.3%)
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#9. Monroe County

- Average commute time: 33.4 minutes
--- #171 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 29.0% longer than state average
--- 21.0% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 27.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 36.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.3%), carpooled (13.3%), walked (4.7%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (3.6%)
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#8. Lincoln County

- Average commute time: 34.9 minutes
--- #106 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 34.7% longer than state average
--- 26.4% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 21.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 62.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.7%), carpooled (4.5%), walked (3.4%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (5.4%)
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#7. Doddridge County

- Average commute time: 35.5 minutes
--- #89 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 37.1% longer than state average
--- 28.6% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 22.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 65.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.9%), carpooled (12.8%), walked (2.8%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (3.8%)
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#6. Calhoun County

- Average commute time: 35.6 minutes
--- #86 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 37.5% longer than state average
--- 29.0% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 12.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 24.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 51.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.6%), carpooled (16.6%), walked (1.6%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (1%)

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#5. Morgan County

- Average commute time: 36.2 minutes
--- #72 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 39.8% longer than state average
--- 31.2% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 21.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 20.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80%), carpooled (11.9%), walked (2.8%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (2.9%)
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#4. Jefferson County

- Average commute time: 38 minutes
--- #45 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 46.7% longer than state average
--- 37.7% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 9.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 23.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 9.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.5%), carpooled (9.7%), walked (2.3%), public transportation (1.8%), worked from home (5.8%)
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#3. Hampshire County

- Average commute time: 38.2 minutes
--- #40 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 47.5% longer than state average
--- 38.4% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 9.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 21.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 10.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.5%), carpooled (11.1%), walked (2.2%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (2.5%)
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#2. Wirt County

- Average commute time: 39.2 minutes
--- #30 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 51.4% longer than state average
--- 42.0% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 8.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 31.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 63.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.6%), carpooled (7.5%), walked (1.4%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (5.7%)
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#1. Clay County

- Average commute time: 42.6 minutes
--- #11 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 64.5% longer than state average
--- 54.3% longer than national average

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 10.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 27.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 48%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.5%), carpooled (19.3%), walked (0.9%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (2%)

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