The Cycle
updated 3/5/2013 1:46:32 PM ET 2013-03-05T18:46:32

About 600,000 U.S. workers travel 90 minutes round-trip and 50 miles to commute to their jobs each day. These so-called 'mega-commuters' are concentrated around metropolitan areas.

Are you tired of that long commute you have to work? Sorry to say but the news doesn’t seem to be getting any better.

Eight percent of U.S. workers spend an hour or more getting to work, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest report on commuting. The average one-way daily commute for workers across the country is 25.5 minutes.

The report also gave California’s Bay Area, infamous for its traffic jams, a new distinction: the worst commute in America. It labels Bay Area drivers as “ mega-commuters,” or someone who spends at least 90 minutes behind the wheel and drives 50-plus miles round trip to get to the office every day. And it’s not just the West Coast. Mega-commuters also exist in New York, Maryland, and New Jersey. In all, there are more than half a million mega-commuters nationwide, all living near major metropolitan areas.

Public transportation accounts for less than a quarter of workers with long commutes.

“The average travel time for workers who commute by public transportation is higher than that for workers who use other modes,” said Brian McKenzie, a Census Bureau statistician, in a statement for the report.  “For some workers, using transit is a necessity, but others simply choose a longer travel time over sitting in traffic.”

So where do you fall in the report? Are you a mega-commuter? Let us know in the “comments” section below.


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