As affordable housing becomes dearer in urban areas, and the workforce gets pushed out of the urban core, commutes increase, a new study from Apartment List found.
The number of workers who commute 90 minutes or more each way grew by 32 percent nationally from 2005 to 2017, more than triple the 9 percent growth rate for workers with commutes shorter than an hour and a half.
Apartment List took a look at data at the county level, and found that while so-called super-commuting (commutes that are longer than 90 minutes each way) has grown in middle-class, it’s also common among low-income workers who rely on public transit.
And while Dallas and Collin counties count about 1.8 percent of their citizens as super commuters, Denton County 2 percent, and Tarrant 1.7 percent, a whopping 5.7 percent of workers who live in Hunt County in the far Northeast corner of our pocket of North Texas commute more than 90 minutes one-way to work.
Nationally, 2.9 percent of workers are super commuters.
Among workers in the Dallas metro who rely on public transit, 13.1 percent are super commuters, compared to 1.7 percent of those who commute by car.