Counties with the worst commutes in Wisconsin

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July 27, 2022
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Counties with the worst commutes in Wisconsin

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 Wisconsin 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. Dane County

- Average Commute Time: 21.3 minutes
--- 0.9 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 8.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 4.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (71.4%), carpooled (7.0%), walked to work (5.5%), public transportation (4.6%), worked from home (8.3%)
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#49. Calumet County

- Average Commute Time: 21.5 minutes
--- 0.7 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 66.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.2%), carpooled (6.7%), walked to work (1.4%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (5.6%)
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#48. Sawyer County

- Average Commute Time: 21.6 minutes
--- 0.6 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 14.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 12.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.5%), carpooled (12.3%), walked to work (2.2%), public transportation (1.7%), worked from home (5.9%)
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#47. Dunn County

- Average Commute Time: 21.9 minutes
--- 0.3 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 30.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.3%), carpooled (7.3%), walked to work (6.7%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (6.7%)
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#46. Sauk County

- Average Commute Time: 22.2 minutes
--- 0.0 minutes shorter than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 24.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.9%), carpooled (8.3%), walked to work (3.3%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (4.9%)

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#45. Chippewa County

- Average Commute Time: 22.3 minutes
--- 0.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 35.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.3%), carpooled (6.8%), walked to work (2.1%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (7.5%)
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#44. Florence County

- Average Commute Time: 22.3 minutes
--- 0.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 23.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 15.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.8%), carpooled (7.5%), walked to work (1.6%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (7.8%)
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#43. Menominee County

- Average Commute Time: 22.3 minutes
--- 0.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 15.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 21.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.7%), carpooled (7.6%), walked to work (3.0%), public transportation (2.1%), worked from home (7.4%)
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#42. Milwaukee County

- Average Commute Time: 22.5 minutes
--- 0.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 20.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (75.9%), carpooled (8.7%), walked to work (3.3%), public transportation (4.7%), worked from home (6.1%)
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#41. Douglas County

- Average Commute Time: 22.8 minutes
--- 0.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 13.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 3.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.4%), carpooled (10.8%), walked to work (4.1%), public transportation (1.2%), worked from home (5.5%)

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#40. Bayfield County

- Average Commute Time: 22.8 minutes
--- 0.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 12.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 35.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (74.8%), carpooled (10.2%), walked to work (3.3%), public transportation (1.6%), worked from home (9.0%)
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#39. Trempealeau County

- Average Commute Time: 23 minutes
--- 0.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 26.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 27.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.7%), carpooled (7.9%), walked to work (3.3%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (7.8%)
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#38. Clark County

- Average Commute Time: 23 minutes
--- 0.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 26.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 37.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (71.4%), carpooled (9.5%), walked to work (3.9%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (12.2%)
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#37. Iron County

- Average Commute Time: 23 minutes
--- 0.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 18.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.4%), carpooled (10.4%), walked to work (3.5%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (7.0%)
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#36. Lincoln County

- Average Commute Time: 23.1 minutes
--- 0.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 27.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 34.2%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.3%), carpooled (6.0%), walked to work (2.5%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (6.8%)

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#35. Rock County

- Average Commute Time: 23.2 minutes
--- 1.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 23.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.2%), carpooled (8.9%), walked to work (1.7%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (4.4%)
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#34. Crawford County

- Average Commute Time: 23.3 minutes
--- 1.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 25.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 24.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.9%), carpooled (13.6%), walked to work (2.7%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (4.5%)
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#33. Jackson County

- Average Commute Time: 23.4 minutes
--- 1.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 23.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 30.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.7%), carpooled (9.1%), walked to work (2.7%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (8.3%)
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#32. Ozaukee County

- Average Commute Time: 23.6 minutes
--- 1.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 12.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 45.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.9%), carpooled (6.0%), walked to work (1.4%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (8.0%)
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#31. Taylor County

- Average Commute Time: 23.6 minutes
--- 1.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 31.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 25.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (73.8%), carpooled (10.2%), walked to work (3.2%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (10.7%)

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#30. Shawano County

- Average Commute Time: 23.7 minutes
--- 1.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 25.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 40.9%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.7%), carpooled (6.3%), walked to work (2.3%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (7.5%)
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#29. Juneau County

- Average Commute Time: 23.7 minutes
--- 1.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 24.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 37.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.2%), carpooled (7.3%), walked to work (3.7%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (6.4%)
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#28. Waukesha County

- Average Commute Time: 23.8 minutes
--- 1.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 11.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 32.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.2%), carpooled (6.3%), walked to work (1.2%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (8.0%)
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#27. Dodge County

- Average Commute Time: 23.8 minutes
--- 1.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 28.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 44.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.5%), carpooled (7.8%), walked to work (3.5%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (5.2%)
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#26. Kewaunee County

- Average Commute Time: 24 minutes
--- 1.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 4.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 26.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 48.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.9%), carpooled (8.6%), walked to work (2.4%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (8.3%)

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#25. Waupaca County

- Average Commute Time: 24.2 minutes
--- 2.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 27.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 36.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.3%), carpooled (6.1%), walked to work (3.5%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (5.5%)
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#24. Washburn County

- Average Commute Time: 24.3 minutes
--- 2.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.1%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 30.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.1%), carpooled (8.8%), walked to work (3.3%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (7.9%)
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#23. Walworth County

- Average Commute Time: 24.3 minutes
--- 2.1 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 27.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.7%), carpooled (8.4%), walked to work (4.0%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (5.7%)
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#22. Green County

- Average Commute Time: 24.4 minutes
--- 2.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.3%
- Worked outside county of residence: 37.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.9%), carpooled (7.6%), walked to work (3.5%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (7.3%)
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#21. Racine County

- Average Commute Time: 24.6 minutes
--- 2.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 36.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.7%), carpooled (7.5%), walked to work (0.9%), public transportation (1.0%), worked from home (4.9%)

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#20. Buffalo County

- Average Commute Time: 24.6 minutes
--- 2.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 5.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 24.8%
- Worked outside county of residence: 33.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.6%), carpooled (8.0%), walked to work (4.3%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (7.4%)
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#19. Washington County

- Average Commute Time: 24.7 minutes
--- 2.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 3.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 18.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 46.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (85.2%), carpooled (6.1%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (6.1%)
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#18. Vernon County

- Average Commute Time: 24.9 minutes
--- 2.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 40.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (77.3%), carpooled (7.5%), walked to work (3.4%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (8.1%)
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#17. Lafayette County

- Average Commute Time: 24.9 minutes
--- 2.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 23.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 39.7%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (78.8%), carpooled (6.8%), walked to work (3.1%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (10.2%)
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#16. Richland County

- Average Commute Time: 24.9 minutes
--- 2.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 22.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 35.0%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.6%), carpooled (8.6%), walked to work (3.0%), public transportation (0.8%), worked from home (6.6%)

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#15. Green Lake County

- Average Commute Time: 25.2 minutes
--- 3.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 24.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 48.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.2%), carpooled (9.3%), walked to work (2.6%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (7.5%)
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#14. Rusk County

- Average Commute Time: 25.2 minutes
--- 3.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 28.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 23.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.4%), carpooled (7.5%), walked to work (3.3%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (8.7%)
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#13. Iowa County

- Average Commute Time: 25.4 minutes
--- 3.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 38.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.1%), carpooled (7.1%), walked to work (2.6%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (10.1%)
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#12. Jefferson County

- Average Commute Time: 25.5 minutes
--- 3.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.8%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.6%
- Worked outside county of residence: 46.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.9%), carpooled (8.2%), walked to work (3.3%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (5.1%)
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#11. Kenosha County

- Average Commute Time: 25.9 minutes
--- 3.7 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 18.4%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (84.3%), carpooled (8.0%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (1.1%), worked from home (4.3%)

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#10. Columbia County

- Average Commute Time: 26.5 minutes
--- 4.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 19.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 51.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.1%), carpooled (9.3%), walked to work (1.6%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (6.8%)
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#9. Pierce County

- Average Commute Time: 26.6 minutes
--- 4.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 20.7%
- Worked outside county of residence: 22.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (80.9%), carpooled (7.7%), walked to work (4.7%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (5.8%)
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#8. St. Croix County

- Average Commute Time: 26.7 minutes
--- 4.5 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 7.4%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 6.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.3%), carpooled (7.9%), walked to work (1.3%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (7.3%)
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#7. Adams County

- Average Commute Time: 27 minutes
--- 4.8 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 10.9%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 17.9%
- Worked outside county of residence: 52.5%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.4%), carpooled (8.9%), walked to work (1.5%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (6.9%)
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#6. Oconto County

- Average Commute Time: 27.1 minutes
--- 4.9 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 6.3%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 28.0%
- Worked outside county of residence: 53.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.2%), carpooled (8.5%), walked to work (1.9%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (7.2%)

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#5. Waushara County

- Average Commute Time: 27.2 minutes
--- 5.0 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 8.5%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 26.1%
- Worked outside county of residence: 50.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (83.0%), carpooled (8.3%), walked to work (2.2%), public transportation (0.0%), worked from home (4.4%)
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#4. Pepin County

- Average Commute Time: 27.5 minutes
--- 5.3 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 9.7%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 22.2%
- Worked outside county of residence: 36.1%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (76.6%), carpooled (6.9%), walked to work (2.9%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (12.6%)
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#3. Polk County

- Average Commute Time: 29.8 minutes
--- 7.6 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 14.6%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 24.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 19.8%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (82.8%), carpooled (7.6%), walked to work (2.1%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (6.3%)
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#2. Burnett County

- Average Commute Time: 30.4 minutes
--- 8.2 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 16.0%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 21.5%
- Worked outside county of residence: 19.6%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (79.0%), carpooled (9.7%), walked to work (2.3%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (7.0%)
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#1. Marquette County

- Average Commute Time: 30.6 minutes
--- 8.4 minutes longer than state average - Workers with 60+ minute commute: 13.2%
- Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. 29.4%
- Worked outside county of residence: 56.3%
- Means of transportation: drove alone (81.9%), carpooled (8.4%), walked to work (2.6%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (5.6%)

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