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Worst commutes in North Carolina

  • Worst commutes in North Carolina
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    Worst commutes in North Carolina

    The average American spends nearly an hour every day in a single-occupancy vehicle getting to and from work. For those who live in big, dense cities such as New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles, the time wasted sitting in traffic increases substantially, but which cities have the worst commutes?

    Stacker has collected data from the U.S Census Bureau to determine which North Carolina cities spend the most time traveling to work. The data, from 2017 (the most recent available) includes commuters 16 years of age or older and only people who do not work remotely.

    Cities were ranked by average commute, and any ties were broken by commuters with 60 minutes or more of one-way travel time. Whether driving or taking public transport, train delays, bumper-to-bumper traffic congestion, and unexpected construction all contribute to endless frustration and bouts of road rage all over the country.

    Read on to find out the worst North Carolina cities to live in if you are especially susceptible to traffic-induced anger.

    RELATED: Best commutes in North Carolina

  • #25. Iredell (South)—Mooresville and Statesville
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    #25. Iredell (South)—Mooresville and Statesville

    - Average one-way commute time to work: 25.6 minutes
    - Workers with one-way commutes over 60 minutes: 9.3%
    - Workers 16 years and over: 66,699

  • #24. Sampson and Duplin Counties
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    #24. Sampson and Duplin Counties

    - Average one-way commute time to work: 25.8 minutes
    - Workers with one-way commutes over 60 minutes: 9.7%
    - Workers 16 years and over: 50,365

  • #23. Wake County (East)—Raleigh City (East), Knightdale, and Garner (North)
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    #23. Wake County (East)—Raleigh City (East), Knightdale, and Garner (North)

    - Average one-way commute time to work: 26.1 minutes
    - Workers with one-way commutes over 60 minutes: 5.3%
    - Workers 16 years and over: 61,639

  • #22. Charlotte (Northwest)
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    #22. Charlotte (Northwest)

    - Average one-way commute time to work: 26.1 minutes
    - Workers with one-way commutes over 60 minutes: 5.8%
    - Workers 16 years and over: 54,036

  • #21. Davie, Yadkin, and Iredell (North) Counties
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    #21. Davie, Yadkin, and Iredell (North) Counties

    - Average one-way commute time to work: 26.2 minutes
    - Workers with one-way commutes over 60 minutes: 7.5%
    - Workers 16 years and over: 46,454

  • #20. Wake County (Southwest)—Apex and Holly Springs
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    #20. Wake County (Southwest)—Apex and Holly Springs

    - Average one-way commute time to work: 26.3 minutes
    - Workers with one-way commutes over 60 minutes: 4.5%
    - Workers 16 years and over: 61,152

  • #19. Rockingham and Stokes Counties
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    #19. Rockingham and Stokes Counties

    - Average one-way commute time to work: 26.7 minutes
    - Workers with one-way commutes over 60 minutes: 6.4%
    - Workers 16 years and over: 58,425

  • #18. Cabarrus County (West)—Concord, Kannapolis Cities, and Harrisburg
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    #18. Cabarrus County (West)—Concord, Kannapolis Cities, and Harrisburg

    - Average one-way commute time to work: 26.8 minutes
    - Workers with one-way commutes over 60 minutes: 6.6%
    - Workers 16 years and over: 69,883

  • #17. Chatham and Lee Counties
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    #17. Chatham and Lee Counties

    - Average one-way commute time to work: 26.8 minutes
    - Workers with one-way commutes over 60 minutes: 8.2%
    - Workers 16 years and over: 56,723

  • #16. Mecklenburg County (North)—Huntersville, Cornelius, and Davidson
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    #16. Mecklenburg County (North)—Huntersville, Cornelius, and Davidson

    - Average one-way commute time to work: 27 minutes
    - Workers with one-way commutes over 60 minutes: 5.7%
    - Workers 16 years and over: 80,372

  • #15. Gaston County (Northwest)—Mount Holly
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    #15. Gaston County (Northwest)—Mount Holly

    - Average one-way commute time to work: 27 minutes
    - Workers with one-way commutes over 60 minutes: 5.9%
    - Workers 16 years and over: 45,549

  • #14. Mecklenburg County (South)—Matthews (South)
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    #14. Mecklenburg County (South)—Matthews (South)

    - Average one-way commute time to work: 27.3 minutes
    - Workers with one-way commutes over 60 minutes: 5.6%
    - Workers 16 years and over: 63,713

  • #13. Charlotte (Northeast)
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    #13. Charlotte (Northeast)

    - Average one-way commute time to work: 27.3 minutes
    - Workers with one-way commutes over 60 minutes: 6.7%
    - Workers 16 years and over: 59,507

  • #12. Union (East) and Anson Counties—Monroe
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    #12. Union (East) and Anson Counties—Monroe

    - Average one-way commute time to work: 27.8 minutes
    - Workers with one-way commutes over 60 minutes: 10%
    - Workers 16 years and over: 54,122

  • #11. Stanley and Cabarrus (East) Counties
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    #11. Stanley and Cabarrus (East) Counties

    - Average one-way commute time to work: 28 minutes
    - Workers with one-way commutes over 60 minutes: 9.4%
    - Workers 16 years and over: 51,715

  • #10. Franklin, Vance, and Warren (West) Counties
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    #10. Franklin, Vance, and Warren (West) Counties

    - Average one-way commute time to work: 28 minutes
    - Workers with one-way commutes over 60 minutes: 10.3%
    - Workers 16 years and over: 49,574

  • #9. Mecklenburg County (East)—Mint Hill and Matthews (North)
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    #9. Mecklenburg County (East)—Mint Hill and Matthews (North)

    - Average one-way commute time to work: 28.2 minutes
    - Workers with one-way commutes over 60 minutes: 5.9%
    - Workers 16 years and over: 64,355

  • #8. Wake County (Northeast)—Raleigh City (Northeast), Wake Forest, and Rolesville
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    #8. Wake County (Northeast)—Raleigh City (Northeast), Wake Forest, and Rolesville

    - Average one-way commute time to work: 28.4 minutes
    - Workers with one-way commutes over 60 minutes: 6.1%
    - Workers 16 years and over: 61,637

  • #7. Lincoln and Cleveland (East) Counties
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    #7. Lincoln and Cleveland (East) Counties

    - Average one-way commute time to work: 28.5 minutes
    - Workers with one-way commutes over 60 minutes: 8.6%
    - Workers 16 years and over: 56,140

  • #6. Harnett County
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    #6. Harnett County

    - Average one-way commute time to work: 29.2 minutes
    - Workers with one-way commutes over 60 minutes: 9.7%
    - Workers 16 years and over: 52,885

  • #5. Wake County (Southeast)—Garner (South) and Fuquay-Varina
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    #5. Wake County (Southeast)—Garner (South) and Fuquay-Varina

    - Average one-way commute time to work: 29.3 minutes
    - Workers with one-way commutes over 60 minutes: 6.7%
    - Workers 16 years and over: 58,503

  • #4. Granville, Person, and Caswell Counties
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    #4. Granville, Person, and Caswell Counties

    - Average one-way commute time to work: 29.7 minutes
    - Workers with one-way commutes over 60 minutes: 9.6%
    - Workers 16 years and over: 50,838

  • #3. Johnston County
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    #3. Johnston County

    - Average one-way commute time to work: 29.9 minutes
    - Workers with one-way commutes over 60 minutes: 10.7%
    - Workers 16 years and over: 84,416

  • #2. Union County (West)—Indian Trail and Stallings
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    #2. Union County (West)—Indian Trail and Stallings

    - Average one-way commute time to work: 30.8 minutes
    - Workers with one-way commutes over 60 minutes: 10.2%
    - Workers 16 years and over: 60,941

  • #1. Northeast Albemarle Sound Region
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    #1. Northeast Albemarle Sound Region

    - Average one-way commute time to work: 32 minutes
    - Workers with one-way commutes over 60 minutes: 17.2%
    - Workers 16 years and over: 48,858

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