Lack of hous­ing pushes in­crease in ‘su­per com­muters’ in Cal­i­for­nia

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News - BY MICHAEL FINCH II [email protected]

The ma­jor­ity of Cal­i­for­ni­ans drive to work, but an in­creas­ing num­ber face com­mutes well over an hour-long to reach jobs in larger cities. For now, at least, the rise of the su­per com­muter is not slow­ing down, ac­cord­ing to an anal­y­sis of cen­sus data by Apart­ment List.

In 2017, 41 out of 58 coun­ties saw at least moderate growth in the share of the work­force trav­el­ing longer than 90 min­utes to get the work com­pared to 8 years prior.

Con­tra Costa, Solano, San Ben­ito, Alameda, Merced and Mono coun­ties saw the largest jumps.

More peo­ple are driv­ing longer dis­tances due to a lack of hous­ing in dense cities where many would have lived and worked a decade ago, ac­cord­ing to Apart­ment List. Now, many are tied to jobs in those cities but can­not af­ford to live there.

As a re­sult, more peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly in the Bay Area, are driv­ing back and forth. San Joaquin County leads the state with 8.8% of its work­force trav­el­ing 90-minute-plus com­mutes. The na­tional av­er­age is 2.9%.

In Fresno County, 2% of the work­force gets to the of­fice on a su­per com­mute.

Apart­ment List also found that “su­per com­mut­ing is com­mon in ar­eas closer to the ur­ban core, where work­ers who rely on public tran­sit may face rides of 90 min­utes or more, even if they’re not trav­el­ing great dis­tances in terms of mileage.”

In some places, work­ers who tend to be su­per com­muters also rely on public tran­sit, par­tic­u­larly in coun­ties sur­round­ing New York City.

A sig­nif­i­cant share of ru­ral res­i­dents na­tion­wide may face long com­mutes as peo­ple travel to job cen­ters where in­dus­tries clus­ter, like oil drilling on the Gulf Coast and coal min­ing in the Mid­west, the anal­y­sis showed.

Con­struc­tion, min­ing and oil drilling pro­fes­sions had no­tice­ably higher com­mutes than most in­dus­tries.

Source: U.S. Cen­sus Bureau via Apart­ment List The Sacra­mento Bee

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