The mega-commuting states


Source: abcnews.go.com

Source: abcnews.go.com

Below is a list of those states/territories with the highest percentage of 60 minute plus commuters (one-way). Having done that myself for two years in the mid-1990s, I can personally attest to how much time, effort, energy, and dollars such commuting can expend, especially if you must drive it versus ride a train. The data clearly shows that the long-held belief the California is the quintessential home of the mega-commute no longer holds water. Instead cities like New York City, Washington, San Juan, Chicago, Boston, and Atlanta are giving the West Coast a run for its money.

1.     New York – 16.2 percent

2.     Maryland – 14.8 percent

3.     New Jersey – 14.6 percent

4.     Puerto Rico – 13.9 percent

5.     Illinois – 11.0 percent

6.     Massachusetts – 10.9 percent

7.     California – 10.1 percent

8.     Virginia – 10.0 percent

9.     New Hampshire – 9.7 percent

10. Georgia – 9.3 percent

(tie) West Virginia – 9.3 percent

12.  District of Columbia – 9.2 percent

13.  Pennsylvania – 8.4 percent

14.  Delaware – 8.3 percent

15.  Hawaii – 8.2 percent

 SOURCE: AARP Bulletin, July-August 2013 (from 2011 Census Bureau data)

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2 Responses to The mega-commuting states

  1. Erik says:

    Ugh, when snowing the mega-commute can be 2+ hours one way in Chicago. It’s about the closest you can get to seeing yourself go insane.

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