Counties with the most super commuters in Tennessee

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

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 Tennessee 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. Campbell County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.13%
--- #951 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 67.2% more common than state average
--- 7.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 30.8 minutes
--- #362 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 22.2% longer than state average
--- 11.6% longer than national average
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#29. White County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.20%
--- #912 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 71.2% more common than state average
--- 10.3% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 24 minutes
--- #1,486 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.8% shorter than state average
--- 13.0% shorter than national average
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#28. Henderson County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.24%
--- #899 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 73.4% more common than state average
--- 11.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 26.8 minutes
--- #903 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 6.3% longer than state average
--- 2.9% shorter than national average
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#27. Dickson County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.27%
--- #887 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 75.1% more common than state average
--- 12.8% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 32.6 minutes
--- #220 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 29.4% longer than state average
--- 18.1% longer than national average
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#26. Crockett County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.28%
--- #885 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 75.2% more common than state average
--- 12.8% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 24 minutes
--- #1,486 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.8% shorter than state average
--- 13.0% shorter than national average
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#25. Pickett County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.31%
--- #859 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 77.1% more common than state average
--- 14.0% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 26.6 minutes
--- #934 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 5.6% longer than state average
--- 3.6% shorter than national average
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#24. Scott County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.40%
--- #813 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 81.7% more common than state average
--- 17.0% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 27.9 minutes
--- #724 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 10.7% longer than state average
--- 1.1% longer than national average
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#23. Smith County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.75%
--- #675 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 100.5% more common than state average
--- 29.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 31.3 minutes
--- #316 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 24.2% longer than state average
--- 13.4% longer than national average
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#22. Chester County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.78%
--- #666 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 102.4% more common than state average
--- 30.3% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 27.7 minutes
--- #763 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 9.9% longer than state average
--- 0.4% longer than national average
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#21. Jackson County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.81%
--- #654 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 103.9% more common than state average
--- 31.3% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 30.7 minutes
--- #371 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.8% longer than state average
--- 11.2% longer than national average
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#20. McNairy County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.90%
--- #623 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 108.5% more common than state average
--- 34.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 26.9 minutes
--- #886 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 6.7% longer than state average
--- 2.5% shorter than national average
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#19. Trousdale County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.96%
--- #597 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 111.9% more common than state average
--- 36.5% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 35.7 minutes
--- #81 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 41.7% longer than state average
--- 29.3% longer than national average
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#18. Sequatchie County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.00%
--- #587 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 114.0% more common than state average
--- 37.8% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 34.2 minutes
--- #131 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 35.7% longer than state average
--- 23.9% longer than national average
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#17. Benton County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.10%
--- #560 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 119.4% more common than state average
--- 41.2% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 24.2 minutes
--- #1,451 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.0% shorter than state average
--- 12.3% shorter than national average
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#16. Hardin County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.14%
--- #547 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 121.3% more common than state average
--- 42.5% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 24.2 minutes
--- #1,451 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.0% shorter than state average
--- 12.3% shorter than national average
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#15. Grainger County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.19%
--- #532 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 124.2% more common than state average
--- 44.3% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 32.3 minutes
--- #240 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 28.2% longer than state average
--- 17.0% longer than national average
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#14. Houston County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.22%
--- #523 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 125.8% more common than state average
--- 45.4% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 33.5 minutes
--- #168 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 32.9% longer than state average
--- 21.4% longer than national average
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#13. Carroll County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.28%
--- #506 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 129.0% more common than state average
--- 47.4% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 26.8 minutes
--- #903 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 6.3% longer than state average
--- 2.9% shorter than national average
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#12. Hardeman County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.61%
--- #439 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 146.8% more common than state average
--- 58.9% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 30.1 minutes
--- #440 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 19.4% longer than state average
--- 9.1% longer than national average
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#11. Perry County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.69%
--- #422 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 151.1% more common than state average
--- 61.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 25.5 minutes
--- #1,146 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 1.2% longer than state average
--- 7.6% shorter than national average
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#10. Lauderdale County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.74%
--- #414 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 153.6% more common than state average
--- 63.3% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 25.3 minutes
--- #1,186 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 0.4% longer than state average
--- 8.3% shorter than national average
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#9. Lawrence County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.81%
--- #401 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 157.3% more common than state average
--- 65.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 26.8 minutes
--- #903 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 6.3% longer than state average
--- 2.9% shorter than national average
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#8. Hickman County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.87%
--- #386 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 160.4% more common than state average
--- 67.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 37.1 minutes
--- #56 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 47.2% longer than state average
--- 34.4% longer than national average
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#7. Clay County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.07%
--- #349 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 171.4% more common than state average
--- 74.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 31 minutes
--- #344 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 23.0% longer than state average
--- 12.3% longer than national average
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#6. Bledsoe County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.12%
--- #340 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 174.0% more common than state average
--- 76.4% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 32.2 minutes
--- #247 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 27.8% longer than state average
--- 16.7% longer than national average
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#5. Lewis County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.42%
--- #287 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 189.7% more common than state average
--- 86.5% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 26 minutes
--- #1,044 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 3.2% longer than state average
--- 5.8% shorter than national average
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#4. Humphreys County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.96%
--- #220 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 218.9% more common than state average
--- 105.3% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 33.6 minutes
--- #160 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 33.3% longer than state average
--- 21.7% longer than national average
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#3. Macon County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.47%
--- #170 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 246.1% more common than state average
--- 122.8% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 32.5 minutes
--- #228 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 29.0% longer than state average
--- 17.8% longer than national average
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#2. Wayne County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.61%
--- #156 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 253.8% more common than state average
--- 127.8% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 31.7 minutes
--- #282 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 25.8% longer than state average
--- 14.9% longer than national average
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#1. Stewart County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 9.02%
--- #67 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 382.4% more common than state average
--- 210.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 35.5 minutes
--- #89 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 40.9% longer than state average
--- 28.6% longer than national average

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