Commuting to work isn’t fun for anyone, but when it comes to U.S. commutes, some have it worse than others. In recent years, you may have seen the term “supercommuter,” which is defined as a person who commutes 90 minutes or more to work each way.
Many supercommuters live in coastal metro areas (such as New York City, the Bay area, and the Los Angeles area), which have high population density and where the cost of housing is expensive, pushing workers to live in the outlying areas. Many of these regions have a large number of residents who commute via car, leading to clogged highways and long commute times. With so many major job markets within the country, which areas have the most supercommuters?
CoPilot compiled a comprehensive list of the 20 cities with the most supercommuters, using 2019 data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, released in December 2020. To qualify as a supercommuter, someone must commute more than 90 minutes to work one way. Cities with at least 65,000 workers age 16 and over are ranked by the percentage of workers who commute more than 90 minutes to work, while ties are broken by the sheer number of supercommuters in the city.
Read on to see whether or not your city made the list.