Long commutes are on the rise. Between 2010 and 2015, the number of commuters traveling 90 minutes or more increased by 23 percent nationwide, compared with an increase of 8 percent for commuters traveling less than 90 minutes. Census data indicates the increase in so-called "super commuters" occurred in 40 states. Hawaii experienced the largest increase, with a 63 percent increase in super commuters. In Colorado, the number of commuters traveling 90 minutes or more to work increased by 22.7 percent, increasing from 43,000 to 53,000. The increase is attributed to competitive housing markets and a reluctance to relocate for work due to fears of another economic recession.
Average commute time varies by job type and income. Workers in the oil and gas industry were the most likely to travel 90 minutes or more.