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With Soaring Gasoline Prices, Long Commutes to Work are Looking even Worse

FRIDAY, JUN 17, 2022

As the average price of gasoline tops $5 per gallon, some Americans have it worse than others – especially workers living in remote, rural communities who have to travel to a job. About 1 in 34 workers suffer a commute to work of 90 minutes or more each day, according to a Social Explorer analysis of 2016-20 American Community Survey data.

Almost 29 percent of workers in Terrell County, a sparsely populated Texas outpost on the Mexican border, reported a commute topping one-and-a-half hours. Lee County, Ky., about 75 miles southeast of Lexington, was a distant second, with 19.7 percent of workers having a super commute. Mora County, N.M., reported 19.1 percent of people traveled 90 minutes or more to work; the county is only about 40 miles from the state capital of Santa Fe as the crow flies, but closer to 90 miles as the road winds.

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Long Commutes to Work (>90 min), 2020. Click here to explore further.

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Author: Frank Bass

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