Counties with the most super commuters in New York

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June 1, 2021
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Counties with the most super commuters in New York

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 New York 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. Warren County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.04%
--- #1,774 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 64.9% less common than state average
--- 29.9% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 22.9 minutes
--- #1,733 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 31.8% shorter than state average
--- 17.0% shorter than national average
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#29. Oswego County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.09%
--- #1,727 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 64.0% less common than state average
--- 28.0% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 25.2 minutes
--- #1,205 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 25.0% shorter than state average
--- 8.7% shorter than national average
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#28. Fulton County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.17%
--- #1,650 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 62.6% less common than state average
--- 25.4% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 24.7 minutes
--- #1,315 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 26.5% shorter than state average
--- 10.5% shorter than national average
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#27. Cattaraugus County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.32%
--- #1,524 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 60.1% less common than state average
--- 20.2% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 22.1 minutes
--- #1,921 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 34.2% shorter than state average
--- 19.9% shorter than national average
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#26. Washington County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.32%
--- #1,520 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 60.0% less common than state average
--- 20.1% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 26.5 minutes
--- #954 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.1% shorter than state average
--- 4.0% shorter than national average
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#25. Allegany County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.74%
--- #1,179 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 52.8% less common than state average
--- 5.7% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 22 minutes
--- #1,941 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 34.5% shorter than state average
--- 20.3% shorter than national average
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#24. Herkimer County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.78%
--- #1,155 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 52.2% less common than state average
--- 4.4% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 23.4 minutes
--- #1,624 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 30.4% shorter than state average
--- 15.2% shorter than national average
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#23. Manhattan

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.88%
--- #1,087 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 50.4% less common than state average
--- 0.8% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 32.2 minutes
--- #247 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.2% shorter than state average
--- 16.7% longer than national average
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#22. Otsego County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.89%
--- #1,079 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 50.2% less common than state average
--- 0.4% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 22.9 minutes
--- #1,733 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 31.8% shorter than state average
--- 17.0% shorter than national average
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#21. Lewis County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.00%
--- #1,010 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 48.3% less common than state average
--- 3.4% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 23.9 minutes
--- #1,518 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 28.9% shorter than state average
--- 13.4% shorter than national average
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#20. Hamilton County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.01%
--- #1,005 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 48.1% less common than state average
--- 3.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 22.9 minutes
--- #1,733 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 31.8% shorter than state average
--- 17.0% shorter than national average
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#19. Chenango County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.08%
--- #974 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 46.9% less common than state average
--- 6.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 24.6 minutes
--- #1,335 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 26.8% shorter than state average
--- 10.9% shorter than national average
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#18. Columbia County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.30%
--- #865 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 43.1% less common than state average
--- 13.8% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 26.3 minutes
--- #992 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.7% shorter than state average
--- 4.7% shorter than national average
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#17. Essex County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.62%
--- #718 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 37.6% less common than state average
--- 24.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 23 minutes
--- #1,713 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 31.5% shorter than state average
--- 16.7% shorter than national average
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#16. Schoharie County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.94%
--- #607 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 32.1% less common than state average
--- 35.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 30.8 minutes
--- #362 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 8.3% shorter than state average
--- 11.6% longer than national average
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#15. Greene County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.16%
--- #539 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 28.3% less common than state average
--- 43.4% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 28.9 minutes
--- #577 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 14.0% shorter than state average
--- 4.7% longer than national average
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#14. Delaware County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.24%
--- #514 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 26.9% less common than state average
--- 46.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 24.9 minutes
--- #1,267 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 25.9% shorter than state average
--- 9.8% shorter than national average
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#13. Ulster County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.20%
--- #329 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 10.4% less common than state average
--- 79.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 29 minutes
--- #567 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 13.7% shorter than state average
--- 5.1% longer than national average
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#12. Rockland County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.74%
--- #148 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 16.2% more common than state average
--- 132.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 31.5 minutes
--- #298 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 6.3% shorter than state average
--- 14.1% longer than national average
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#11. Westchester County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.77%
--- #145 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 16.7% more common than state average
--- 133.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 35.1 minutes
--- #98 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.5% longer than state average
--- 27.2% longer than national average
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#10. Brooklyn

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.15%
--- #124 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 23.1% more common than state average
--- 146.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 43 minutes
--- #8 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 28.0% longer than state average
--- 55.8% longer than national average
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#9. Dutchess County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.57%
--- #101 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 30.4% more common than state average
--- 160.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 33 minutes
--- #195 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 1.8% shorter than state average
--- 19.6% longer than national average
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#8. Suffolk County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.78%
--- #92 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 34.1% more common than state average
--- 168.0% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 32.7 minutes
--- #213 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 2.7% shorter than state average
--- 18.5% longer than national average
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#7. Sullivan County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.84%
--- #90 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 35.1% more common than state average
--- 170.0% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 30.6 minutes
--- #386 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 8.9% shorter than state average
--- 10.9% longer than national average
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#6. Nassau County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 8.14%
--- #83 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 40.2% more common than state average
--- 180.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 36.6 minutes
--- #62 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 8.9% longer than state average
--- 32.6% longer than national average
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#5. Orange County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 9.22%
--- #62 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 58.9% more common than state average
--- 217.5% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 33.6 minutes
--- #160 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 0.0% shorter than state average
--- 21.7% longer than national average
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#4. Putnam County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 9.25%
--- #60 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 59.4% more common than state average
--- 218.5% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 39.6 minutes
--- #27 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 17.9% longer than state average
--- 43.5% longer than national average
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#3. Queens County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 9.36%
--- #57 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 61.4% more common than state average
--- 222.5% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 44.4 minutes
--- #7 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 32.1% longer than state average
--- 60.9% longer than national average
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#2. Bronx County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 9.65%
--- #51 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 66.3% more common than state average
--- 232.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 45.4 minutes
--- #3 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 35.1% longer than state average
--- 64.5% longer than national average
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#1. Staten Island

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 15.20%
--- #6 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 161.9% more common than state average
--- 423.4% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 45.2 minutes
--- #4 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 34.5% longer than state average
--- 63.8% longer than national average

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