Take the long way home

Metroplex attracts 2nd-highest number of local commuters

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor

Dec 30, 2007 - According to data on the Texas Workforce Commission website, the average travel time to work for Hopkins County residents 16 years of age and up is 22 minutes, 36 seconds.

But there are some who's commutes are measured not in minutes, but hours — and that's on a jet plane.

While it should come as no surprise that the vast majority of the approximately 17,750 members of the labor force in Hopkins County work here as well — 10,727, according to the workforce commission data.

Nor should it come as a shock that the highest number of local residents — 1,362 — who work elsewhere commute to Hunt County, which also has the biggest labor force in the immediate area with about 38,600 employed.

But some might be unaware that the second biggest number of Hopkins County commuters drive to work in Dallas County — 476. Conversely, only 29 commuted from Dallas to Hopkins County.

After Hunt and Dallas counties, most out-of-town commuters from Hopkins County drive to Wood County (311), Franklin County (258), Lamar County (180), Titus County (162), Rains County (113) and Delta County (87). 

Another 197 local residents divide their commutes between the counties of Collin (57), Tarrant (52), Grayson (45) and Rockwall (44).

Wood County contributes more workers to Hopkins County than any other, with 659 people from Winnsboro, Quitman and other towns and burgs in Wood County driving to jobs in the Sulphur Springs area.

Hunt County residents account for another 251 workers locally, followed by Franklin County (190), Lamar County (131), Delta County (115) and Rains County (112).

The data listed a handful of states where people commuting were commuting to and from Hopkins County, including Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, even Missouri, Georgia and Kansas and Illinois.

But by far the two longest drives (and more likely flights) were the 11 who called Florence County, South Carolina home, and the 10 listing Hopkins County addresses who worked in King County, Washington, i.e., Seattle.

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