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.

2 thoughts on “Map Monday: US Supercommuting Trends

  1. Eric AnondsonEric Anondson

    Commuting here in the Bay Area is reaching some pretty horrible lengths. I don’t think economists are properly account for the economic burden of commutes over 30 minutes one way. There are some serious quality of life effects that don’t come into play with shorter commutes.

    Plus, with hours of a day replaced with commuting times, what could have been community volunteering, is now drained away and communities lose a resource.

    1. Adam MillerAdam Miller

      Sometimes I take up to 45 minutes… because I rode some extra mile on purpose.

      In the winter, my total commute time might get that long (or longer) if I time the bus wrong and wind up waiting or walking.

      No way would I sign up to spend that time driving a car at rush hour instead.

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