Counties with the most super commuters in Washington

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

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 Washington 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. Benton County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.54%
--- #2,356 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 52.7% less common than state average
--- 47.1% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 21.8 minutes
--- #1,985 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 22.1% shorter than state average
--- 21.0% shorter than national average
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#29. Spokane County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.55%
--- #2,343 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 52.4% less common than state average
--- 46.7% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 22 minutes
--- #1,941 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.4% shorter than state average
--- 20.3% shorter than national average
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#28. Okanogan County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.67%
--- #2,187 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 48.6% less common than state average
--- 42.5% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 18.4 minutes
--- #2,586 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 34.3% shorter than state average
--- 33.3% shorter than national average
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#27. Chelan County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.76%
--- #2,086 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 45.7% less common than state average
--- 39.2% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 19.2 minutes
--- #2,458 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 31.4% shorter than state average
--- 30.4% shorter than national average
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#26. San Juan County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.88%
--- #1,947 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 42.0% less common than state average
--- 35.1% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 16.3 minutes
--- #2,860 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 41.8% shorter than state average
--- 40.9% shorter than national average
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#25. Douglas County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.00%
--- #1,816 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 38.5% less common than state average
--- 31.2% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 19.2 minutes
--- #2,458 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 31.4% shorter than state average
--- 30.4% shorter than national average
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#24. King County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.33%
--- #1,515 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 28.4% less common than state average
--- 19.9% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 29.9 minutes
--- #454 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 6.8% longer than state average
--- 8.3% longer than national average
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#23. Skamania County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.39%
--- #1,456 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 26.3% less common than state average
--- 17.5% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 29.9 minutes
--- #454 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 6.8% longer than state average
--- 8.3% longer than national average
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#22. Columbia County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.45%
--- #1,408 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 24.7% less common than state average
--- 15.7% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 19.2 minutes
--- #2,458 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 31.4% shorter than state average
--- 30.4% shorter than national average
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#21. Whatcom County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.73%
--- #1,187 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 16.1% less common than state average
--- 6.1% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 22 minutes
--- #1,941 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.4% shorter than state average
--- 20.3% shorter than national average
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#20. Klickitat County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.76%
--- #1,166 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 15.2% less common than state average
--- 5.1% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 21.9 minutes
--- #1,962 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.8% shorter than state average
--- 20.7% shorter than national average
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#19. Clark County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.84%
--- #1,104 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 12.6% less common than state average
--- 2.2% less common than national average

- Average commute time: 27.3 minutes
--- #815 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 2.5% shorter than state average
--- 1.1% shorter than national average
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#18. Pacific County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.02%
--- #998 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 7.0% less common than state average
--- 4.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 21.6 minutes
--- #2,015 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 22.9% shorter than state average
--- 21.7% shorter than national average
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#17. Cowlitz County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.47%
--- #782 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 6.6% more common than state average
--- 19.4% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 25.7 minutes
--- #1,109 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 8.2% shorter than state average
--- 6.9% shorter than national average
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#16. Stevens County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.54%
--- #750 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 8.9% more common than state average
--- 21.9% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 29.3 minutes
--- #522 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.6% longer than state average
--- 6.2% longer than national average
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#15. Skagit County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.59%
--- #728 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 10.5% more common than state average
--- 23.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 26 minutes
--- #1,044 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 7.1% shorter than state average
--- 5.8% shorter than national average
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#14. Clallam County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.62%
--- #717 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 11.4% more common than state average
--- 24.8% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 22.1 minutes
--- #1,921 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 21.1% shorter than state average
--- 19.9% shorter than national average
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#13. Thurston County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.66%
--- #701 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 12.5% more common than state average
--- 26.0% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 26.8 minutes
--- #903 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 4.3% shorter than state average
--- 2.9% shorter than national average
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#12. Lincoln County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.85%
--- #641 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 18.5% more common than state average
--- 32.6% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 24.1 minutes
--- #1,472 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 13.9% shorter than state average
--- 12.7% shorter than national average
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#11. Kittitas County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.06%
--- #574 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 24.8% more common than state average
--- 39.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 20.8 minutes
--- #2,170 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 25.7% shorter than state average
--- 24.6% shorter than national average
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#10. Snohomish County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.10%
--- #559 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 26.3% more common than state average
--- 41.3% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 32.6 minutes
--- #220 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 16.4% longer than state average
--- 18.1% longer than national average
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#9. Pend Oreille County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.14%
--- #548 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 27.2% more common than state average
--- 42.4% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 32.1 minutes
--- #257 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 14.6% longer than state average
--- 16.3% longer than national average
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#8. Grays Harbor County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.99%
--- #366 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 53.5% more common than state average
--- 71.9% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 27.1 minutes
--- #846 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 3.2% shorter than state average
--- 1.8% shorter than national average
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#7. Mason County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.26%
--- #318 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 61.7% more common than state average
--- 81.1% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 33.1 minutes
--- #188 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 18.2% longer than state average
--- 19.9% longer than national average
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#6. Lewis County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.28%
--- #312 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 62.4% more common than state average
--- 81.7% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 28.5 minutes
--- #631 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 1.8% longer than state average
--- 3.3% longer than national average
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#5. Jefferson County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.83%
--- #238 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 79.4% more common than state average
--- 100.9% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 24.5 minutes
--- #1,363 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 12.5% shorter than state average
--- 11.2% shorter than national average
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#4. Pierce County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.93%
--- #224 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 82.5% more common than state average
--- 104.3% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 32.8 minutes
--- #208 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 17.1% longer than state average
--- 18.8% longer than national average
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#3. Island County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.01%
--- #131 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 115.8% more common than state average
--- 141.5% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 28.4 minutes
--- #642 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 1.4% longer than state average
--- 2.9% longer than national average
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#2. Kitsap County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.23%
--- #115 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 122.3% more common than state average
--- 148.8% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 30.6 minutes
--- #386 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 9.3% longer than state average
--- 10.9% longer than national average
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#1. Wahkiakum County

- Workers with 90+ minute commute: 9.68%
--- #47 most common among all counties nationwide
--- 197.9% more common than state average
--- 233.5% more common than national average

- Average commute time: 37.2 minutes
--- #55 longest among all counties nationwide
--- 32.9% longer than state average
--- 34.8% longer than national average

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