Counties with the most super commuters in Virginia

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

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 Virginia 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. Nottoway County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.13%
--- #338 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 60.7% more common than state average
--- 76.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 28.6 minutes
--- #615 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 0.3% shorter than state average
--- 3.6% longer than national average
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#29. Loudoun County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.37%
--- #295 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 68.2% more common than state average
--- 84.9% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 34.5 minutes
--- #118 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 20.2% longer than state average
--- 25.0% longer than national average
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#28. Shenandoah County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.43%
--- #284 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 70.1% more common than state average
--- 87.0% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 29.5 minutes
--- #492 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 2.8% longer than state average
--- 6.9% longer than national average
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#27. Highland County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.80%
--- #240 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 81.6% more common than state average
--- 99.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 27.4 minutes
--- #805 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.5% shorter than state average
--- 0.7% shorter than national average
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#26. Lancaster County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.85%
--- #234 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 83.4% more common than state average
--- 101.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 26.2 minutes
--- #1,012 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 8.7% shorter than state average
--- 5.1% shorter than national average
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#25. Bath County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.00%
--- #217 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 87.9% more common than state average
--- 106.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 23 minutes
--- #1,713 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 19.9% shorter than state average
--- 16.7% shorter than national average
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#24. Essex County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.02%
--- #212 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 88.7% more common than state average
--- 107.5% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 35.7 minutes
--- #81 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 24.4% longer than state average
--- 29.3% longer than national average
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#23. Winchester

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.42%
--- #174 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 101.2% more common than state average
--- 121.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 25.6 minutes
--- #1,126 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 10.8% shorter than state average
--- 7.2% shorter than national average
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#22. Prince William County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.52%
--- #166 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 104.3% more common than state average
--- 124.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 40 minutes
--- #21 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 39.4% longer than state average
--- 44.9% longer than national average
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#21. Clarke County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.56%
--- #159 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 105.4% more common than state average
--- 125.8% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 38.1 minutes
--- #43 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 32.8% longer than state average
--- 38.0% longer than national average
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#20. Lee County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.75%
--- #147 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 111.5% more common than state average
--- 132.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 31.5 minutes
--- #298 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 9.8% longer than state average
--- 14.1% longer than national average
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#19. Frederick County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.82%
--- #143 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 113.8% more common than state average
--- 135.0% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 32.3 minutes
--- #240 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.5% longer than state average
--- 17.0% longer than national average
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#18. Manassas

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.98%
--- #135 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 118.7% more common than state average
--- 140.4% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 36.5 minutes
--- #66 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 27.2% longer than state average
--- 32.2% longer than national average
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#17. Mathews County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.15%
--- #123 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 124.0% more common than state average
--- 146.3% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 38.6 minutes
--- #35 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 34.5% longer than state average
--- 39.9% longer than national average
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#16. Manassas Park

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.19%
--- #116 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 125.4% more common than state average
--- 147.8% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 40.5 minutes
--- #18 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 41.1% longer than state average
--- 46.7% longer than national average
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#15. Caroline County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.36%
--- #111 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 130.6% more common than state average
--- 153.5% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 35.1 minutes
--- #98 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 22.3% longer than state average
--- 27.2% longer than national average
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#14. Page County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.99%
--- #87 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 150.3% more common than state average
--- 175.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 34.8 minutes
--- #111 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.3% longer than state average
--- 26.1% longer than national average
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#13. Surry County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 8.38%
--- #78 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 162.6% more common than state average
--- 188.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 41.3 minutes
--- #16 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 43.9% longer than state average
--- 49.6% longer than national average
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#12. Orange County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 9.04%
--- #66 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 183.2% more common than state average
--- 211.4% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 38.2 minutes
--- #40 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 33.1% longer than state average
--- 38.4% longer than national average
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#11. Fredericksburg

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 9.14%
--- #65 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 186.3% more common than state average
--- 214.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 30 minutes
--- #445 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.5% longer than state average
--- 8.7% longer than national average
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#10. Northumberland County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 9.68%
--- #48 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 203.2% more common than state average
--- 233.3% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 34.3 minutes
--- #127 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 19.5% longer than state average
--- 24.3% longer than national average
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#9. Fauquier County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 9.83%
--- #43 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 207.9% more common than state average
--- 238.5% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 41 minutes
--- #17 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 42.9% longer than state average
--- 48.6% longer than national average
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#8. Spotsylvania County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 9.99%
--- #40 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 212.9% more common than state average
--- 243.9% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 38.3 minutes
--- #38 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 33.4% longer than state average
--- 38.8% longer than national average
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#7. Stafford County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 10.40%
--- #33 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 225.9% more common than state average
--- 258.3% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 40.5 minutes
--- #18 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 41.1% longer than state average
--- 46.7% longer than national average
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#6. Warren County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 11.60%
--- #24 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 263.5% more common than state average
--- 299.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 41.7 minutes
--- #15 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 45.3% longer than state average
--- 51.1% longer than national average
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#5. Culpeper County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 11.76%
--- #23 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 268.5% more common than state average
--- 305.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 38.2 minutes
--- #40 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 33.1% longer than state average
--- 38.4% longer than national average
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#4. Cumberland County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 12.00%
--- #18 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 276.1% more common than state average
--- 313.4% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 44.8 minutes
--- #6 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 56.1% longer than state average
--- 62.3% longer than national average
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#3. Westmoreland County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 12.81%
--- #16 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 301.2% more common than state average
--- 341.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 42.6 minutes
--- #11 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 48.4% longer than state average
--- 54.3% longer than national average
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#2. King George County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 12.94%
--- #13 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 305.3% more common than state average
--- 345.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 38.1 minutes
--- #43 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 32.8% longer than state average
--- 38.0% longer than national average
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#1. Rappahannock County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 17.03%
--- #3 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 433.5% more common than state average
--- 486.5% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 39.9 minutes
--- #22 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 39.0% longer than state average
--- 44.6% longer than national average

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