Counties With The Worst Commutes In New Jersey

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Ranking New Jersey’s 21 counties by average commuting time.

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Written by: Stacker, a partner of Morristown Minute

*formating and copy edits by Morristown Minute

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Remember when we used to go to work – the days when the large majority of us were commuting? 

Through Morristown Minute’s new partnership with Stacker.com, here are the average commutes of all of New Jersey’s 21 counties ranked from shortest to longest.

*Stacker compiled a list of counties with the worst commutes in New Jersey 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.

#21. Cape May County

  • Average commute time: 22.8 minutes
  • #1,758 longest among all counties nationwide
  • 29.2% shorter than state average
  • 17.4% shorter than national average
  • Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.7%
  • Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 8.2%
  • Worked outside county of residence: 19.2%
  • Means of transportation: drove alone (79.8%), carpooled (7.4%), walked (4.7%), public transportation (1.7%), worked from home (4.2%)

#20. Cumberland County

  • Average commute time: 23.6 minutes
  • #1,581 longest among all counties nationwide
  • 26.7% shorter than state average
  • 14.5% shorter than national average
  • Workers with 90+ minute commute: 1.6%
  • Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 15.6%
  • Worked outside county of residence: 24.9%
  • Means of transportation: drove alone (80.6%), carpooled (11.7%), walked (1.8%), public transportation (1.6%), worked from home (2.4%)

#19. Atlantic County

  • Average commute time: 24.9 minutes
  • #1,267 longest among all counties nationwide
  • 22.7% shorter than state average
  • 9.8% shorter than national average
  • Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.2%
  • Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 10.1%
  • Worked outside county of residence: 17.1%
  • Means of transportation: drove alone (77.6%), carpooled (7.8%), walked (3.7%), public transportation (5.5%), worked from home (3.2%)

#18. Salem County

  • Average commute time: 26.4 minutes
  • #974 longest among all counties nationwide
  • 18.0% shorter than state average
  • 4.3% shorter than national average
  • Workers with 90+ minute commute: 2.0%
  • Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 17.3%
  • Worked outside county of residence: 39.7%
  • Means of transportation: drove alone (84.6%), carpooled (8.1%), walked (1.8%), public transportation (0.9%), worked from home (3.2%)

#17. Passaic County

  • Average commute time: 28.3 minutes
  • #663 longest among all counties nationwide
  • 12.1% shorter than state average
  • 2.5% longer than national average
  • Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.6%
  • Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 7.9%
  • Worked outside county of residence: 46.2%
  • Means of transportation: drove alone (71.5%), carpooled (11.5%), walked (3.7%), public transportation (8.5%), worked from home (3.3%)

#16. Mercer County

  • Average commute time: 28.3 minutes
  • #663 longest among all counties nationwide
  • 12.1% shorter than state average
  • 2.5% longer than national average
  • Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.3%
  • Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 8.7%
  • Worked outside county of residence: 23.3%
  • Means of transportation: drove alone (70.7%), carpooled (10.9%), walked (4.3%), public transportation (7.6%), worked from home (5.1%)

#15. Camden County

  • Average commute time: 28.9 minutes
  • #577 longest among all counties nationwide
  • 10.2% shorter than state average
  • 4.7% longer than national average
  • Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.4%
  • Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 11.9%
  • Worked outside county of residence: 30.7%
  • Means of transportation: drove alone (76.5%), carpooled (9.3%), walked (1.8%), public transportation (7.2%), worked from home (3.7%)

#14. Burlington County

  • Average commute time: 30 minutes
  • #445 longest among all counties nationwide
  • 6.8% shorter than state average
  • 8.7% longer than national average
  • Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.7%
  • Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 10.8%
  • Worked outside county of residence: 31.6%
  • Means of transportation: drove alone (82.7%), carpooled (7.4%), walked (1.1%), public transportation (3.4%), worked from home (4.3%)

#13. Gloucester County

  • Average commute time: 30.7 minutes
  • #371 longest among all counties nationwide
  • 4.7% shorter than state average
  • 11.2% longer than national average
  • Workers with 90+ minute commute: 3.3%
  • Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 13.5%
  • Worked outside county of residence: 35.3%
  • Means of transportation: drove alone (84.3%), carpooled (6.9%), walked (1.3%), public transportation (2.4%), worked from home (4%)

#12. Ocean County

  • Average commute time: 31.2 minutes
  • #327 longest among all counties nationwide
  • 3.1% shorter than state average
  • 13.0% longer than national average
  • Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.0%
  • Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.0%
  • Worked outside county of residence: 34.9%
  • Means of transportation: drove alone (82.7%), carpooled (7.3%), walked (1.5%), public transportation (1.7%), worked from home (5.1%)

#11. Morris County

  • Average commute time: 31.5 minutes
  • #298 longest among all counties nationwide
  • 2.2% shorter than state average
  • 14.1% longer than national average
  • Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.8%
  • Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 7.9%
  • Worked outside county of residence: 34.5%
  • Means of transportation: drove alone (79.7%), carpooled (6.5%), walked (1.7%), public transportation (5.5%), worked from home (5.7%)

#10. Union County

  • Average commute time: 31.7 minutes
  • #282 longest among all counties nationwide
  • 1.6% shorter than state average
  • 14.9% longer than national average
  • Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.0%
  • Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 12.3%
  • Worked outside county of residence: 42.1%
  • Means of transportation: drove alone (68.1%), carpooled (8.1%), walked (2.8%), public transportation (12.1%), worked from home (4%)

#9. Somerset County

  • Average commute time: 32.5 minutes
  • #228 longest among all counties nationwide
  • 0.9% longer than state average
  • 17.8% longer than national average
  • Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.1%
  • Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 6.5%
  • Worked outside county of residence: 45.1%
  • Means of transportation: drove alone (78.5%), carpooled (7.3%), walked (1.9%), public transportation (5.3%), worked from home (6.2%)

#8. Bergen County

  • Average commute time: 33.1 minutes
  • #188 longest among all counties nationwide
  • 2.8% longer than state average
  • 19.9% longer than national average
  • Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.0%
  • Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 7.3%
  • Worked outside county of residence: 21.5%
  • Means of transportation: drove alone (68.4%), carpooled (7.2%), walked (2.6%), public transportation (15.7%), worked from home (4.8%)

#7. Middlesex County

  • Average commute time: 34.4 minutes
  • #122 longest among all counties nationwide
  • 6.8% longer than state average
  • 24.6% longer than national average
  • Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.7%
  • Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 10.2%
  • Worked outside county of residence: 34.8%
  • Means of transportation: drove alone (72.1%), carpooled (9.4%), walked (2.3%), public transportation (9.9%), worked from home (4.5%)

#6. Essex County

  • Average commute time: 34.9 minutes
  • #106 longest among all counties nationwide
  • 8.4% longer than state average
  • 26.4% longer than national average
  • Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.2%
  • Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 11.0%
  • Worked outside county of residence: 34.8%
  • Means of transportation: drove alone (60.7%), carpooled (7.3%), walked (3.9%), public transportation (21.7%), worked from home (4.1%)

#5. Hunterdon County

  • Average commute time: 35 minutes
  • #101 longest among all counties nationwide
  • 8.7% longer than state average
  • 26.8% longer than national average
  • Workers with 90+ minute commute: 6.1%
  • Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 10.3%
  • Worked outside county of residence: 45.6%
  • Means of transportation: drove alone (79.2%), carpooled (6%), walked (1.8%), public transportation (3.1%), worked from home (9%)

#4. Monmouth County

  • Average commute time: 35 minutes
  • #101 longest among all counties nationwide
  • 8.7% longer than state average
  • 26.8% longer than national average
  • Workers with 90+ minute commute: 9.6%
  • Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 10.6%
  • Worked outside county of residence: 26.8%
  • Means of transportation: drove alone (75.1%), carpooled (7.2%), walked (1.6%), public transportation (8.5%), worked from home (5.7%)

#3. Warren County

  • Average commute time: 36 minutes
  • #76 longest among all counties nationwide
  • 11.8% longer than state average
  • 30.4% longer than national average
  • Workers with 90+ minute commute: 5.9%
  • Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 16.1%
  • Worked outside county of residence: 49.5%
  • Means of transportation: drove alone (81.4%), carpooled (8.3%), walked (2.4%), public transportation (1.5%), worked from home (4.8%)

#2. Hudson County

  • Average commute time: 36.4 minutes
  • #69 longest among all counties nationwide
  • 13.0% longer than state average
  • 31.9% longer than national average
  • Workers with 90+ minute commute: 4.3%
  • Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 9.1%
  • Worked outside county of residence: 23.8%
  • Means of transportation: drove alone (37%), carpooled (7.2%), walked (7.6%), public transportation (42.6%), worked from home (3.3%)

#1. Sussex County

  • Average commute time: 37.8 minutes
  • #49 longest among all counties nationwide
  • 17.4% longer than state average
  • 37.0% longer than national average
  • Workers with 90+ minute commute: 7.2%
  • Left for work from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.: 14.9%
  • Worked outside county of residence: 48.7%
  • Means of transportation: drove alone (84.6%), carpooled (6.4%), walked (1.1%), public transportation (1.7%), worked from home (5.5%)

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