Super-Commuting Is Growing, Report Says

April 27, 2018
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About 4 million Americans are super-commuters, or those spending 90 minutes a day or more traveling to work, according to analysis of 2016 Census data by online rental marketplace ApartmentList.

Sydney Bennett, senior research associate at Apartment List, says that super-commuting is a growing phenomenon in part because much of the new housing is being built on the peripheries of cities without strong public transit, and many housing units in downtown areas are on the high-end of the market, CBS News reports. "For these displaced residents, improved transit provides easier access to job centers and offers improved social mobility," the report says.

Apartment List found the share of super-commuters among the total commuter population rose in 39 states and three-quarters of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas. Eight of the 10 metropolitan areas with the largest share of super-commuters are in the regions surrounding San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, which have among the country's the highest costs of living.

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