The number of “supercommuters” in the country is on the rise — and more than 600,000 live in metropolitan New York.
Unlike typical commuters, who take about 26 minutes to get to work, according to the Census Bureau, supercommuters spend 90 minutes or more each way on their daily trek.
Between 2005 and 2016, the ranks of supercommuters increased by 15.9 percent — meaning there are now 4 million nationwide, according to an analysis of census data by Apartment List, an online real estate marketplace.
“You hear [of] people commuting two to three hours one way, which is pretty insane,” said Sydney Bennet, a senior research associate at Apartment List. “They spend almost as much time commuting as working.”
The supercommuter capital of the country is Stockton, Calif. — about 80 driving miles from San Francisco or Silicon Valley — where 10 percent of residents have extended trips to work.
The Big Apple has the fourth-largest share of supercommuters in the country with 6.7 percent, and has the most overall at 616,789.
Supercommuters tend to live in pricey cities with strong economies, where higher rents are forcing people to move farther away from work.
San Francisco, where housing costs have skyrocketed in recent years, saw supercommuting double between 2005 and 2016.
Supercommuters also tend to be more likely to take public transportation. About 68.5 percent of them in New York use mass transit, while 38.6 percent of regular commuters do.
Daniel Pearlstein, a spokesman for the Riders Alliance, told The Post that “slow and unreliable transit service is, unfortunately, to blame for some of these commutes.”
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