Counties with the most super commuters in Kentucky

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June 1, 2021
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Counties with the most super commuters in Kentucky

There are more than 281 million vehicles on the road in the United States, and many of those cars, trucks, vans, and motorcycles are used to ferry people to and from their homes and jobs during their daily commutes. A small but growing number of people are walking and biking to work, particularly in compact college towns. Many more take public transportation, especially in major cities like New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Boston, and Seattle—but nationwide, public transit accounts for only about 5% of daily commutes.

The overwhelming majority of people still drive to and from work every day, and the vast majority of those car commuters drive alone—fewer than 10% of Americans carpool. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average one-way commute in the United States has grown to a record 27.1 minutes. That’s just shy of an hour a day that average Americans squander behind the wheel, not at home with their families, and instead, burning gas and putting miles on their cars.

For some Americans, however, the commute to work is far from average. A phenomenon known as super commuting has emerged and grown in recent years. Super commuters spend 90 minutes or more—each way—chasing their paychecks every day. The biggest percentage of super commuters work in the extraction industry, with workers pursuing lucrative jobs in remote mines, oil fields, and other energy operations. Many more, however, have been priced out of expensive housing in urban metro areas where high-paying jobs are located, far away from their less-expensive county of residence.

Stacker compiled a list of counties with the most super commuters in Kentucky using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by highest percent of workers with a commute over 90 minutes, based on 2019 5-year estimates. Keep reading to see where in your state people are spending the most time going to and from work every day.

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#30. Adair County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.27%
--- #509 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 108.0% more common than state average
--- 47.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 26.4 minutes
--- #974 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 11.9% longer than state average
--- 4.3% shorter than national average
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#29. Hart County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.32%
--- #497 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 110.2% more common than state average
--- 48.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 29.1 minutes
--- #548 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 23.3% longer than state average
--- 5.4% longer than national average
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#28. Grayson County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.38%
--- #483 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 113.1% more common than state average
--- 50.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 27.1 minutes
--- #846 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 14.8% longer than state average
--- 1.8% shorter than national average
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#27. Rowan County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.55%
--- #447 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 121.8% more common than state average
--- 56.8% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 22.3 minutes
--- #1,877 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 5.5% shorter than state average
--- 19.2% shorter than national average
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#26. Bath County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.68%
--- #427 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 127.8% more common than state average
--- 61.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 29.8 minutes
--- #464 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 26.3% longer than state average
--- 8.0% longer than national average
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#25. Mason County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.71%
--- #419 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 129.1% more common than state average
--- 62.0% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 23.9 minutes
--- #1,518 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 1.3% longer than state average
--- 13.4% shorter than national average
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#24. Owen County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.88%
--- #385 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 137.5% more common than state average
--- 67.9% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 32.5 minutes
--- #228 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 37.7% longer than state average
--- 17.8% longer than national average
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#23. Powell County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.90%
--- #381 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 138.5% more common than state average
--- 68.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 31.1 minutes
--- #334 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 31.8% longer than state average
--- 12.7% longer than national average
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#22. Martin County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.20%
--- #330 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 153.1% more common than state average
--- 79.0% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 34.3 minutes
--- #127 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 45.3% longer than state average
--- 24.3% longer than national average
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#21. Johnson County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.26%
--- #315 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 156.1% more common than state average
--- 81.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 30.2 minutes
--- #427 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 28.0% longer than state average
--- 9.4% longer than national average
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#20. Carter County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.33%
--- #305 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 159.3% more common than state average
--- 83.4% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 31 minutes
--- #344 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 31.4% longer than state average
--- 12.3% longer than national average
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#19. Crittenden County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.60%
--- #265 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 172.7% more common than state average
--- 92.9% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 26.9 minutes
--- #886 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 14.0% longer than state average
--- 2.5% shorter than national average
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#18. Fleming County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.99%
--- #218 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 191.7% more common than state average
--- 106.3% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 29.1 minutes
--- #548 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 23.3% longer than state average
--- 5.4% longer than national average
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#17. Jackson County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.00%
--- #216 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 192.1% more common than state average
--- 106.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 35 minutes
--- #101 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 48.3% longer than state average
--- 26.8% longer than national average
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#16. Breckinridge County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.03%
--- #210 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 193.8% more common than state average
--- 107.8% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 32.6 minutes
--- #220 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 38.1% longer than state average
--- 18.1% longer than national average
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#15. Clay County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.10%
--- #199 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 197.0% more common than state average
--- 110.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 32.4 minutes
--- #233 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 37.3% longer than state average
--- 17.4% longer than national average
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#14. Menifee County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.23%
--- #191 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 203.5% more common than state average
--- 114.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 35.8 minutes
--- #79 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 51.7% longer than state average
--- 29.7% longer than national average
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#13. Casey County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.23%
--- #190 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 203.6% more common than state average
--- 114.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 29.7 minutes
--- #477 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 25.8% longer than state average
--- 7.6% longer than national average
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#12. Bracken County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.33%
--- #180 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 208.1% more common than state average
--- 117.9% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 38.4 minutes
--- #37 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 62.7% longer than state average
--- 39.1% longer than national average
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#11. Leslie County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.67%
--- #154 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 224.6% more common than state average
--- 129.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 33.4 minutes
--- #171 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 41.5% longer than state average
--- 21.0% longer than national average
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#10. Wolfe County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.70%
--- #151 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 226.3% more common than state average
--- 130.8% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 29.6 minutes
--- #485 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 25.4% longer than state average
--- 7.2% longer than national average
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#9. Knott County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.75%
--- #146 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 228.9% more common than state average
--- 132.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 31.5 minutes
--- #298 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 33.5% longer than state average
--- 14.1% longer than national average
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#8. Breathitt County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 8.02%
--- #85 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 290.4% more common than state average
--- 176.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 30.7 minutes
--- #371 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 30.1% longer than state average
--- 11.2% longer than national average
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#7. Morgan County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 9.59%
--- #54 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 366.9% more common than state average
--- 230.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 33.1 minutes
--- #188 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 40.3% longer than state average
--- 19.9% longer than national average
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#6. Owsley County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 9.62%
--- #52 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 368.5% more common than state average
--- 231.4% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 30.2 minutes
--- #427 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 28.0% longer than state average
--- 9.4% longer than national average
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#5. Lewis County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 10.44%
--- #32 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 408.6% more common than state average
--- 259.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 39.7 minutes
--- #26 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 68.2% longer than state average
--- 43.8% longer than national average
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#4. Robertson County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 11.97%
--- #20 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 482.8% more common than state average
--- 312.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 42.9 minutes
--- #9 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 81.8% longer than state average
--- 55.4% longer than national average
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#3. Magoffin County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 12.99%
--- #12 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 532.7% more common than state average
--- 347.5% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 37 minutes
--- #58 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 56.8% longer than state average
--- 34.1% longer than national average
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#2. Lee County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 14.65%
--- #7 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 613.5% more common than state average
--- 404.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 37.1 minutes
--- #56 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 57.2% longer than state average
--- 34.4% longer than national average
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#1. Elliott County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 15.44%
--- #4 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 651.9% more common than state average
--- 431.8% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 39.9 minutes
--- #22 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 69.1% longer than state average
--- 44.6% longer than national average

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