Counties with the worst commutes in Tennessee

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July 27, 2022
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Counties with the worst commutes in Tennessee

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 Tennessee using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by longest average commute time in 2020. Think you have a long trip to work? Read on to compare it against the worst commutes statewide.

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#50. Overton County

- Average Commute Time: 26.6 minutes
--- 1.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 47.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.2%), carpooled (7.9%), walked to work (0.9%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (4.2%)
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#49. Hawkins County

- Average Commute Time: 26.8 minutes
--- 1.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 49.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (88.5%), carpooled (5.3%), walked to work (0.9%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (4.1%)
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#48. Lawrence County

- Average Commute Time: 26.8 minutes
--- 1.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 28.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.0%), carpooled (8.2%), walked to work (2.0%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (5.0%)
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#47. Carroll County

- Average Commute Time: 26.9 minutes
--- 1.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 23.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 51.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.1%), carpooled (7.2%), walked to work (2.2%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (3.4%)
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#46. Grundy County

- Average Commute Time: 27.1 minutes
--- 1.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 31.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 44.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.9%), carpooled (10.7%), walked to work (2.6%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (5.9%)

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#45. McNairy County

- Average Commute Time: 27.3 minutes
--- 1.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 24.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 33.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.2%), carpooled (7.0%), walked to work (0.6%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (5.9%)
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#44. Moore County

- Average Commute Time: 27.7 minutes
--- 2.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 60.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (88.4%), carpooled (5.1%), walked to work (0.2%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (5.7%)
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#43. Williamson County

- Average Commute Time: 27.8 minutes
--- 2.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 7.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 34.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.2%), carpooled (6.1%), walked to work (0.7%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (14.6%)
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#42. Lewis County

- Average Commute Time: 27.8 minutes
--- 2.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 44.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.1%), carpooled (11.7%), walked to work (1.1%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (4.3%)
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#41. Giles County

- Average Commute Time: 27.8 minutes
--- 2.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 15.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 28.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.8%), carpooled (7.7%), walked to work (1.0%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (3.0%)

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#40. Pickett County

- Average Commute Time: 27.9 minutes
--- 2.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 32.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.9%), carpooled (4.5%), walked to work (0.7%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (5.8%)
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#39. Roane County

- Average Commute Time: 28 minutes
--- 2.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 51.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.1%), carpooled (8.8%), walked to work (0.4%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (5.2%)
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#38. Cocke County

- Average Commute Time: 28.3 minutes
--- 2.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 45.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.8%), carpooled (10.8%), walked to work (1.4%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (2.3%)
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#37. Monroe County

- Average Commute Time: 28.7 minutes
--- 3.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 23.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 35.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.3%), carpooled (8.6%), walked to work (1.7%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (3.5%)
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#36. DeKalb County

- Average Commute Time: 28.7 minutes
--- 3.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 15.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 22.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 43.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.3%), carpooled (10.2%), walked to work (1.5%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (3.0%)

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#35. Rutherford County

- Average Commute Time: 28.8 minutes
--- 3.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 32.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.5%), carpooled (9.6%), walked to work (0.7%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (7.0%)
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#34. Lincoln County

- Average Commute Time: 28.8 minutes
--- 3.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 23.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 20.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.1%), carpooled (9.4%), walked to work (0.6%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (5.0%)
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#33. Chester County

- Average Commute Time: 29 minutes
--- 3.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 58.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (87.1%), carpooled (6.2%), walked to work (1.0%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (4.9%)
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#32. Morgan County

- Average Commute Time: 29.2 minutes
--- 3.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 25.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 54.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.6%), carpooled (11.5%), walked to work (0.9%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (3.4%)
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#31. Maury County

- Average Commute Time: 29.4 minutes
--- 4.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 11.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 22.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 38.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.7%), carpooled (6.6%), walked to work (0.5%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (7.5%)

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#30. Sumner County

- Average Commute Time: 29.5 minutes
--- 4.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 11.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 42.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.8%), carpooled (8.8%), walked to work (0.5%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (7.5%)
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#29. Marshall County

- Average Commute Time: 29.6 minutes
--- 4.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 22.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 48.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.1%), carpooled (7.3%), walked to work (0.5%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (5.6%)
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#28. Polk County

- Average Commute Time: 29.7 minutes
--- 4.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 47.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.1%), carpooled (10.7%), walked to work (0.6%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (3.1%)
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#27. Bledsoe County

- Average Commute Time: 29.9 minutes
--- 4.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 14.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 59.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.0%), carpooled (12.6%), walked to work (1.9%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (6.2%)
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#26. Clay County

- Average Commute Time: 30.4 minutes
--- 5.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 41.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.4%), carpooled (9.3%), walked to work (0.9%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (1.9%)

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#25. Wilson County

- Average Commute Time: 30.4 minutes
--- 5.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 48.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.5%), carpooled (9.0%), walked to work (0.6%), public transportation (0.7%), worked from home (7.3%)
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#24. Jackson County

- Average Commute Time: 30.4 minutes
--- 5.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 23.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 63.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.4%), carpooled (12.1%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (2.7%)
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#23. Hardeman County

- Average Commute Time: 30.5 minutes
--- 5.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 16.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 24.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 31.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.6%), carpooled (8.3%), walked to work (0.5%), public transportation (1.8%), worked from home (3.1%)
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#22. Campbell County

- Average Commute Time: 30.7 minutes
--- 5.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 15.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 23.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 36.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.1%), carpooled (11.1%), walked to work (0.7%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (4.9%)
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#21. Hancock County

- Average Commute Time: 30.9 minutes
--- 5.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 16.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 45.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.9%), carpooled (12.3%), walked to work (0.4%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (2.0%)

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#20. Meigs County

- Average Commute Time: 31.1 minutes
--- 5.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 24.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 70.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.2%), carpooled (11.9%), walked to work (0.2%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (3.7%)
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#19. Marion County

- Average Commute Time: 31.2 minutes
--- 5.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 29.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 43.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.2%), carpooled (6.3%), walked to work (1.4%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (5.1%)
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#18. Union County

- Average Commute Time: 31.4 minutes
--- 6.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 61.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.9%), carpooled (10.1%), walked to work (1.9%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (5.9%)
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#17. Robertson County

- Average Commute Time: 31.7 minutes
--- 6.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 11.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 53.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.4%), carpooled (7.7%), walked to work (0.4%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (5.9%)
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#16. Cannon County

- Average Commute Time: 31.9 minutes
--- 6.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 26.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 67.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (87.3%), carpooled (6.4%), walked to work (1.1%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (5.0%)

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#15. Van Buren County

- Average Commute Time: 32.1 minutes
--- 6.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 24.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 66.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.9%), carpooled (5.7%), walked to work (0.8%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (3.9%)
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#14. Grainger County

- Average Commute Time: 32.2 minutes
--- 6.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 12.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 63.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.5%), carpooled (12.7%), walked to work (0.7%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (8.4%)
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#13. Sequatchie County

- Average Commute Time: 32.9 minutes
--- 7.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 14.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 30.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 46.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.3%), carpooled (11.8%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (4.3%)
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#12. Wayne County

- Average Commute Time: 33 minutes
--- 7.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 15.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 26.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 26.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (86.5%), carpooled (8.7%), walked to work (0.1%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (4.3%)
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#11. Fayette County

- Average Commute Time: 33.1 minutes
--- 7.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 16.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 65.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.4%), carpooled (7.9%), walked to work (0.4%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (5.8%)

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#10. Dickson County

- Average Commute Time: 33.1 minutes
--- 7.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 18.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 22.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 42.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.3%), carpooled (10.0%), walked to work (0.3%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (4.1%)
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#9. Cheatham County

- Average Commute Time: 33.7 minutes
--- 8.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 11.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 66.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.6%), carpooled (11.1%), walked to work (0.6%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (6.1%)
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#8. Tipton County

- Average Commute Time: 33.8 minutes
--- 8.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 14.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 62.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (88.0%), carpooled (7.0%), walked to work (0.5%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (3.1%)
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#7. Macon County

- Average Commute Time: 33.8 minutes
--- 8.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 20.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 30.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 46.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.0%), carpooled (12.8%), walked to work (0.5%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (3.1%)
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#6. Smith County

- Average Commute Time: 34 minutes
--- 8.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 18.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 27.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 48.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.8%), carpooled (9.4%), walked to work (0.1%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (5.1%)

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#5. Humphreys County

- Average Commute Time: 34.2 minutes
--- 8.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 18.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 26.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 40.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.9%), carpooled (11.3%), walked to work (0.5%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (3.5%)
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#4. Stewart County

- Average Commute Time: 35.7 minutes
--- 10.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 29.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 47.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.7%), carpooled (13.2%), walked to work (0.9%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (2.0%)
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#3. Houston County

- Average Commute Time: 36.6 minutes
--- 11.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 17.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 27.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 63.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.0%), carpooled (16.4%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (4.3%)
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#2. Hickman County

- Average Commute Time: 36.8 minutes
--- 11.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 20.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 60.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.7%), carpooled (14.0%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (5.6%)
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#1. Trousdale County

- Average Commute Time: 41 minutes
--- 15.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 25.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 22.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 70.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.1%), carpooled (15.2%), walked to work (0.0%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (5.7%)

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