Counties with the worst commutes in Illinois

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Counties with the worst commutes in Illinois

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 Illinois using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by longest average commute time in 2019. Think you have a long trip to work? Read on to compare it against the worst commutes statewide.

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#30. DeKalb County

– Average commute time: 26 minutes
— #1,044 longest among all counties nationwide
— 11.0% shorter than state average
— 5.8% shorter than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.0%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.4%
– Worked outside county of residence: 38%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (80.8%), carpooled (8.1%), walked (3.7%), public transportation (1.3%), worked from home (4.5%)

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#29. Stark County

– Average commute time: 26.1 minutes
— #1,031 longest among all counties nationwide
— 10.6% shorter than state average
— 5.4% shorter than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.2%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 20.5%
– Worked outside county of residence: 56.4%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (83.7%), carpooled (6.5%), walked (2.1%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (6.4%)

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#28. Hamilton County

– Average commute time: 26.1 minutes
— #1,031 longest among all counties nationwide
— 10.6% shorter than state average
— 5.4% shorter than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.6%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.0%
– Worked outside county of residence: 44.2%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (77%), carpooled (9.6%), walked (2.9%), public transportation (1.5%), worked from home (8.4%)

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#27. Mason County

– Average commute time: 26.3 minutes
— #992 longest among all counties nationwide
— 9.9% shorter than state average
— 4.7% shorter than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.3%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 21.5%
– Worked outside county of residence: 48.9%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (79.3%), carpooled (12.2%), walked (2.9%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (4.1%)

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#26. Pike County

– Average commute time: 26.3 minutes
— #992 longest among all counties nationwide
— 9.9% shorter than state average
— 4.7% shorter than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.0%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 21.4%
– Worked outside county of residence: 23%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (78.2%), carpooled (10.3%), walked (2.9%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (6.9%)

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#25. Clinton County

– Average commute time: 26.5 minutes
— #954 longest among all counties nationwide
— 9.2% shorter than state average
— 4.0% shorter than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.6%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 19.5%
– Worked outside county of residence: 44.6%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (84.4%), carpooled (9%), walked (1.7%), public transportation (1.1%), worked from home (2.9%)

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#24. Henderson County

– Average commute time: 26.6 minutes
— #934 longest among all counties nationwide
— 8.9% shorter than state average
— 3.6% shorter than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.6%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 24.6%
– Worked outside county of residence: 19.4%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (83.7%), carpooled (6.3%), walked (1.5%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (7.2%)

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#23. Mercer County

– Average commute time: 26.8 minutes
— #903 longest among all counties nationwide
— 8.2% shorter than state average
— 2.9% shorter than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.5%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 22.1%
– Worked outside county of residence: 36.1%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (88.3%), carpooled (5.5%), walked (0.8%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (4.1%)

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#22. Pulaski County

– Average commute time: 26.9 minutes
— #886 longest among all counties nationwide
— 7.9% shorter than state average
— 2.5% shorter than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.1%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 11.1%
– Worked outside county of residence: 42.1%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (84.5%), carpooled (6.8%), walked (2.6%), public transportation (0.5%), worked from home (5%)

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#21. Menard County

– Average commute time: 27.1 minutes
— #846 longest among all counties nationwide
— 7.2% shorter than state average
— 1.8% shorter than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.8%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.2%
– Worked outside county of residence: 67.8%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (83%), carpooled (9.7%), walked (1.5%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (4.9%)

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#20. Gallatin County

– Average commute time: 27.2 minutes
— #829 longest among all counties nationwide
— 6.8% shorter than state average
— 1.4% shorter than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.4%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 23.5%
– Worked outside county of residence: 35.7%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (85.3%), carpooled (10%), walked (0.8%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (2.6%)

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#19. Jersey County

– Average commute time: 27.4 minutes
— #805 longest among all counties nationwide
— 6.2% shorter than state average
— 0.7% shorter than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.1%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.7%
– Worked outside county of residence: 44.2%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (86.2%), carpooled (6.3%), walked (3.7%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (3%)

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#18. Marshall County

– Average commute time: 27.6 minutes
— #782 longest among all counties nationwide
— 5.5% shorter than state average
— 0.0% shorter than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.3%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 20.8%
– Worked outside county of residence: 57.6%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (83.6%), carpooled (7.8%), walked (2.8%), public transportation (0%), worked from home (4.5%)

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#17. Scott County

– Average commute time: 27.9 minutes
— #724 longest among all counties nationwide
— 4.5% shorter than state average
— 1.1% longer than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.1%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 25.2%
– Worked outside county of residence: 64.9%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (82.5%), carpooled (9.6%), walked (1.6%), public transportation (0.4%), worked from home (5.2%)

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#16. Macoupin County

– Average commute time: 28 minutes
— #699 longest among all counties nationwide
— 4.1% shorter than state average
— 1.4% longer than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.1%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 19.8%
– Worked outside county of residence: 47.1%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (84.3%), carpooled (7.6%), walked (2%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (5.1%)

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#15. Boone County

– Average commute time: 28.7 minutes
— #606 longest among all counties nationwide
— 1.7% shorter than state average
— 4.0% longer than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.0%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 22.5%
– Worked outside county of residence: 61.6%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (81.7%), carpooled (11.2%), walked (0.4%), public transportation (0.2%), worked from home (5.1%)

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#14. Hardin County

– Average commute time: 28.7 minutes
— #606 longest among all counties nationwide
— 1.7% shorter than state average
— 4.0% longer than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.9%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 25.5%
– Worked outside county of residence: 42.6%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (86%), carpooled (6.7%), walked (0.9%), public transportation (2.9%), worked from home (2.2%)

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#13. Greene County

– Average commute time: 29 minutes
— #567 longest among all counties nationwide
— 0.7% shorter than state average
— 5.1% longer than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.3%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 21.1%
– Worked outside county of residence: 53.1%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (84%), carpooled (8.3%), walked (2%), public transportation (0.1%), worked from home (4.5%)

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#12. Kane County

– Average commute time: 29.1 minutes
— #548 longest among all counties nationwide
— 0.3% shorter than state average
— 5.4% longer than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.3%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.1%
– Worked outside county of residence: 45.5%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (79.6%), carpooled (9.6%), walked (1.2%), public transportation (2.4%), worked from home (5.5%)

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#11. Grundy County

– Average commute time: 29.2 minutes
— #536 longest among all counties nationwide
— 0.0% shorter than state average
— 5.8% longer than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.6%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 24.5%
– Worked outside county of residence: 55.4%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (87.9%), carpooled (6%), walked (0.7%), public transportation (0.6%), worked from home (3.7%)

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#10. Monroe County

– Average commute time: 29.6 minutes
— #485 longest among all counties nationwide
— 1.4% longer than state average
— 7.2% longer than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.2%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 13.8%
– Worked outside county of residence: 21.8%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (85.2%), carpooled (5.9%), walked (1%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (6.2%)

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#9. DuPage County

– Average commute time: 29.8 minutes
— #464 longest among all counties nationwide
— 2.1% longer than state average
— 8.0% longer than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.9%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 11.7%
– Worked outside county of residence: 38.4%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (76.4%), carpooled (6.7%), walked (1.6%), public transportation (7.3%), worked from home (6.9%)

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#8. Alexander County

– Average commute time: 30.3 minutes
— #418 longest among all counties nationwide
— 3.8% longer than state average
— 9.8% longer than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.4%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 13.7%
– Worked outside county of residence: 26.7%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (82.6%), carpooled (4.9%), walked (0.7%), public transportation (2.6%), worked from home (7.4%)

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#7. Lake County

– Average commute time: 30.4 minutes
— #406 longest among all counties nationwide
— 4.1% longer than state average
— 10.1% longer than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.6%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 13.1%
– Worked outside county of residence: 28%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (76.8%), carpooled (8.3%), walked (2.5%), public transportation (4.4%), worked from home (6.9%)

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#6. Will County

– Average commute time: 33 minutes
— #195 longest among all counties nationwide
— 13.0% longer than state average
— 19.6% longer than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.8%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.5%
– Worked outside county of residence: 48.2%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (83.3%), carpooled (6%), walked (0.8%), public transportation (3.9%), worked from home (4.8%)

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#5. McHenry County

– Average commute time: 33.2 minutes
— #183 longest among all counties nationwide
— 13.7% longer than state average
— 20.3% longer than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.9%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.4%
– Worked outside county of residence: 45.6%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (83.2%), carpooled (6.4%), walked (0.8%), public transportation (2.5%), worked from home (6.2%)

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#4. Cook County

– Average commute time: 33.4 minutes
— #171 longest among all counties nationwide
— 14.4% longer than state average
— 21.0% longer than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.3%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 13.0%
– Worked outside county of residence: 11.7%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (61.1%), carpooled (8%), walked (4.3%), public transportation (19.1%), worked from home (4.9%)

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#3. Kendall County

– Average commute time: 34.4 minutes
— #122 longest among all counties nationwide
— 17.8% longer than state average
— 24.6% longer than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.8%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 18.0%
– Worked outside county of residence: 66.6%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (82.9%), carpooled (7.2%), walked (0.6%), public transportation (2.5%), worked from home (5.7%)

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#2. Pope County

– Average commute time: 36.5 minutes
— #66 longest among all counties nationwide
— 25.0% longer than state average
— 32.2% longer than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.3%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.8%
– Worked outside county of residence: 37.4%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (85.2%), carpooled (5.8%), walked (0.8%), public transportation (1.4%), worked from home (4.3%)

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#1. Calhoun County

– Average commute time: 40.5 minutes
— #18 longest among all counties nationwide
— 38.7% longer than state average
— 46.7% longer than national average

– Workers with 90+ minute commute: 8.5%
– Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 23.3%
– Worked outside county of residence: 37.3%
– Means of transportation: drove alone (82.8%), carpooled (6.7%), walked (1.8%), public transportation (0.3%), worked from home (7.1%)

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