Freeways that look like parking lots and seemingly endless commutes are, whether you like it or not, simply a part of life in Southern California. The sprawl of the Greater Los Angeles area can be a pain to traverse, not to mention the amount of time it can take just to get to and from work every day. A new report looking at how Americans commutes are changing at the county level shows that more of us are spending more time behind the wheel every day going to and from our jobs.
Economists at the rental listing platform Apartment List combed through Census data and found that more than 150,000 people in Los Angeles County commute 90 minutes or more each way to work every day, totaling upwards of 15 hours per week in the car or on the train or bus. These so-called “super-commuters” make up about 3.6 percent of the total workforce in Los Angeles County, just slightly higher than the national number of 2.9 percent. L.A. County saw a 22 percent spike in “super commuters” from 2009 to 2017, according to the report.
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