Super Commuters Decline in Remote-Work World

Remote workers have caused a change in the number of people traveling 90 minutes or more to work.

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The number of people who travel 90 minutes or more each way to work is decreasing in the U.S. New analysis of super commuters from Apartment List shows 2% of the workforce—3.1 million people as of 2021—travels at least an hour and a half each way.

There was a large increase from 3.2 million in 2010 to 4.6 million people in 2019 when super commuters were 3% of the workforce. Method of travel is also important as 6.8% of public transit riders were super commuters, while only 2.1% commuted by car.

Remote work has also skewed these data points during the past three years. Super commuters declined by 35% from 2019 to 2021, while commuters traveling 30 minutes or less declined by 8%. Remote workers increased by roughly 12% during the same time frame.