There are more than 283 million vehicles on the road in the United States, and many of these cars, trucks, vans, and motorcycles are used to transport people to and from work on their daily commutes. A small but growing number of people walk and bike to work, especially in compact college towns. Many more take public transportespecially in major cities like New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington DC, Boston and Seattle, but across the country, public transportation only accounts for about 5% of daily commutes.
The vast majority of people still drive to and from work every day, and the vast majority of those commuters drive alone: less than 10% of Americans carpool. According to the US Census Bureau, the average one-way travel in the United States it has grown to a record 26.9 minutes. That’s just one hour a day average Americans waste behind the wheel, not at home with their families, and instead, burning gas and putting miles on their cars.
For some Americans, however, the commute is far from average. A phenomenon known as super shift has emerged and grown in recent years. Super commuters spend 90 minutes or more, each way, chasing their paychecks every day. The largest percentage of overtravelers work in the extractive industry, with workers seeking lucrative jobs in remote mines, oil fields and other energy operations. Many more, however, have been priced out of expensive housing in urban metro areas where high-paying jobs are located, away from their less expensive county of residence.
stacker compiled a list of counties with the most commuters in Connecticut using data from the US Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest percentage of workers with a commute of more than 90 minutes, based on 5-year estimates for 2020. Read on to see where in your state people spend the most time commuting to and from work each day.
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