Counties with the most super commuters in Oregon

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

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 Oregon 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. Wasco County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.46%
--- #2,435 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 24.1% less common than state average
--- 49.7% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 18.2 minutes
--- #2,626 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 23.8% shorter than state average
--- 34.1% shorter than national average
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#29. Curry County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.46%
--- #2,433 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 24.1% less common than state average
--- 49.7% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 15.6 minutes
--- #2,915 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 34.7% shorter than state average
--- 43.5% shorter than national average
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#28. Josephine County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.52%
--- #2,380 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 21.1% less common than state average
--- 47.7% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 19 minutes
--- #2,492 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 20.5% shorter than state average
--- 31.2% shorter than national average
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#27. Deschutes County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.58%
--- #2,296 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 17.8% less common than state average
--- 45.5% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 19.5 minutes
--- #2,405 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 18.4% shorter than state average
--- 29.3% shorter than national average
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#26. Benton County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.74%
--- #2,113 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 9.8% less common than state average
--- 40.2% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 19.6 minutes
--- #2,383 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 18.0% shorter than state average
--- 29.0% shorter than national average
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#25. Lincoln County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.80%
--- #2,043 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 6.3% less common than state average
--- 37.9% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 18.8 minutes
--- #2,532 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.3% shorter than state average
--- 31.9% shorter than national average
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#24. Marion County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.85%
--- #1,992 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 4.0% less common than state average
--- 36.4% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 24.2 minutes
--- #1,451 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 1.3% longer than state average
--- 12.3% shorter than national average
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#23. Lane County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.95%
--- #1,872 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 1.3% more common than state average
--- 32.8% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 20.4 minutes
--- #2,246 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 14.6% shorter than state average
--- 26.1% shorter than national average
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#22. Douglas County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.97%
--- #1,851 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 2.5% more common than state average
--- 32.0% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 19.2 minutes
--- #2,458 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 19.7% shorter than state average
--- 30.4% shorter than national average
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#21. Gilliam County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.04%
--- #1,770 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 6.1% more common than state average
--- 29.6% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 15.9 minutes
--- #2,894 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 33.5% shorter than state average
--- 42.4% shorter than national average
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#20. Multnomah County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.05%
--- #1,760 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 6.6% more common than state average
--- 29.3% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 27 minutes
--- #868 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 13.0% longer than state average
--- 2.2% shorter than national average
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#19. Union County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.09%
--- #1,732 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 8.4% more common than state average
--- 28.1% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 17.1 minutes
--- #2,766 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 28.5% shorter than state average
--- 38.0% shorter than national average
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#18. Hood River County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.09%
--- #1,721 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 8.8% more common than state average
--- 27.9% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 18.8 minutes
--- #2,532 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.3% shorter than state average
--- 31.9% shorter than national average
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#17. Harney County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.14%
--- #1,677 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 11.2% more common than state average
--- 26.2% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 14.6 minutes
--- #2,982 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 38.9% shorter than state average
--- 47.1% shorter than national average
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#16. Linn County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.27%
--- #1,553 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 18.1% more common than state average
--- 21.7% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 22.8 minutes
--- #1,758 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.6% shorter than state average
--- 17.4% shorter than national average
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#15. Clackamas County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.35%
--- #1,496 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 21.8% more common than state average
--- 19.2% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 29.2 minutes
--- #536 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 22.2% longer than state average
--- 5.8% longer than national average
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#14. Baker County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.43%
--- #1,421 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 26.2% more common than state average
--- 16.3% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 15.4 minutes
--- #2,931 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 35.6% shorter than state average
--- 44.2% shorter than national average
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#13. Malheur County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.45%
--- #1,406 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 27.2% more common than state average
--- 15.7% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 18.5 minutes
--- #2,574 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 22.6% shorter than state average
--- 33.0% shorter than national average
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#12. Yamhill County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.53%
--- #1,343 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 31.2% more common than state average
--- 13.0% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 26.1 minutes
--- #1,031 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 9.2% longer than state average
--- 5.4% shorter than national average
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#11. Coos County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.61%
--- #1,277 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 35.4% more common than state average
--- 10.3% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 19.1 minutes
--- #2,479 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 20.1% shorter than state average
--- 30.8% shorter than national average
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#10. Sherman County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.62%
--- #1,262 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 36.2% more common than state average
--- 9.7% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 24.5 minutes
--- #1,363 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 2.5% longer than state average
--- 11.2% shorter than national average
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#9. Tillamook County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.65%
--- #1,235 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 37.7% more common than state average
--- 8.7% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 19.9 minutes
--- #2,331 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 16.7% shorter than state average
--- 27.9% shorter than national average
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#8. Polk County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.86%
--- #1,097 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 48.6% more common than state average
--- 1.5% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 25.8 minutes
--- #1,087 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 7.9% longer than state average
--- 6.5% shorter than national average
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#7. Wallowa County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.91%
--- #1,068 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 50.9% more common than state average
--- 0.0% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 16.3 minutes
--- #2,860 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 31.8% shorter than state average
--- 40.9% shorter than national average
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#6. Columbia County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.99%
--- #1,020 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 55.4% more common than state average
--- 3.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 33.9 minutes
--- #144 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 41.8% longer than state average
--- 22.8% longer than national average
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#5. Clatsop County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.37%
--- #826 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 75.3% more common than state average
--- 16.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 20.3 minutes
--- #2,268 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 15.1% shorter than state average
--- 26.4% shorter than national average
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#4. Jefferson County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.56%
--- #741 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 84.9% more common than state average
--- 22.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 25.7 minutes
--- #1,109 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 7.5% longer than state average
--- 6.9% shorter than national average
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#3. Crook County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.28%
--- #508 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 122.1% more common than state average
--- 47.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 27.9 minutes
--- #724 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 16.7% longer than state average
--- 1.1% longer than national average
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#2. Lake County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.10%
--- #345 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 164.7% more common than state average
--- 75.5% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 14.5 minutes
--- #2,993 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 39.3% shorter than state average
--- 47.5% shorter than national average
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#1. Wheeler County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.90%
--- #228 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 206.3% more common than state average
--- 103.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 24 minutes
--- #1,486 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 0.4% longer than state average
--- 13.0% shorter than national average

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