Extreme commuting

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As defined by the United States Census Bureau, an extreme commute is a daily journey to work that takes more than 90 minutes each way. According to the bureau, about 3% of American adult workers are so-called "extreme" commuters.[1] Not surprisingly, the number of extreme commuters in the New York, Baltimore-Washington, San Francisco Bay Area, and Los Angeles metropolitan areas is much greater than the national average.

Midas sponsored an "America's Longest Commute" award in 2006. The winner, from Mariposa, California, drove a 372 mile roundtrip (about 4½ hours) to and from work in San Jose each day.[2]

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A survey over 2,000 British workers by Randstad Holding revealed that 9% of British workers commute for over 90 minutes each way.[3] 7.5% of the Survey's correspondents worked during their commute, with 18% of them believing that smartphones and tablets have made this easier.[3]

A BBC article in 2013 highlighted multiple reasons for extreme commutes, including lifestyle choice (living in the country and pursuing a London career), relocation of employers, and people increasing their search area when looking for work after redundancy.[4]

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