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It takes the average commuter 26 minutes to get to work. That's up 20% since 1980, which CityLab writer Sarah Holder suggests that lots of people are now enduring considerably longer trips to work. Some cities are even seeing growth among people who travel more than 90 minutes each way to work.

The 90-minute group is what researchers call the super commuter. Holder says "super commuters make up a small minority of all commuters, but their share of the population has been growing since 2005: Today, 2.8 percent, or 4 million people nationwide, are classified this way."

The list of cities with the largest number of these pitiable characters is led by Stockton, California, super-commuter capital of North America. In this city about 80 miles inland from San Francisco, fully 10 percent of workers are trekking 90 minutes or more to their jobs every morning. Modesto and L.A.-adjacent Riverside are not far behind, at 7.3 percent each. On the East Coast, super commuters abound in New York City (6.7 percent), and neighbors Bridgeport, Connecticut (6.1 percent), and Allentown, Pennsylvania (4.1 percent). Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, Georgia, also crack the top ten. When tracking by state, New York and New Jersey have the highest shares of super commuters. But one takeaway of the report is that long commutes are not limited to pricey coastal cities. Since 2005, super commuting increased in 39 states, and about three-quarters of large metros.

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