New County-Level Data Sheds Light On Super Commuters

Sacramento, CA (MPG)  |  By Sania Tran

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The number of American workers who bear through commute times of 90 minutes or more each way grew by 32% from 2005 to 2017. This is more than triple the 9% growth rate for workers with commutes shorter than 90 minutes. In a new report, we present county-level data on these “super commuters” that sheds new light on this fast-growing population.

Recent increases in super commuting are often attributed to middle-class workers in superstar cities being priced out to far-flung exurbs. However, county-level data shows that super commuting is also common among low-income workers who rely on public transit, as well as blue-collar workers in certain pockets of rural America.

Some key takeaways:

4.3% of workers who live in El Dorado County are super commuters, the highest rate in the Sacramento metro. Yolo County has the metro's lowest super commuter share at 2.7%. Nationally, 2.9% of workers are super commuters.

Among workers in the Sacramento metro who rely on public transit, 14.8% are super commuters, compared to 3.7% of those who commute by car.