Map Monday: US Supercommuting Trends

Here’s a map via Governing Magazine that shows how the trend in “supercommuting” has shifted over the last year or two. It has some fun stats embedded in here:


This is my favorite bit from the article:

Oil and gas workers were the most likely to have super commutes, at 19 percent in 2015, while 18 percent of aircraft pilots and 16 percent of elevator repairmen faced rides of 90 minutes or more. On the other hand, fewer than 1 percent of telemarketers and funeral embalmers who commute to work faced rides of 90 minutes or more.

Funeral embalmers?

So anyway, 90-minute commutes seem nuts to me, unless of course you’re talking about taking the bus across town.

But on the other hand, I have heard of lots of people who have told me stories about how people drive to the Twin Cities from Wisconsin, or commute from Northeast to to Mille Lacs, or some place like that. There are also some serious trends that come out of the North Dakota oil economy that have shifted supercommuting patterns quite a bit.

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.