May 17, 2018
A recent analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau showed that the number of super commuters has grown over a 10-year period. According to Apartment List, 2.4% of all commuters were spending at least 90 minutes or longer traveling to and from work each day. By the end of 2016, that percentage increased to 2.8%, meaning one in 36 commuters spends hours on public transportation or on congested roads in order to earn a living.
The larger metros with strong economies have the larger share of super commuters, which include New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Los Angeles, and their surrounding areas. The main reason for the increasingly longer commutes are skyrocketing housing costs, not to mention the fact that newer housing tends to be focused on the periphery of urban cores, rather than in them. Because of this, workers are increasing travel times, in exchange for lower housing prices.
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