A similar report from real-estate website Apartment List found that, nationwide, one in 36 commuters spend over 90 minutes just getting to work. That qualifies them as "super-commuters."
Some super-commuters make a conscious choice to live far afield so that they can get more space for their money. Danny Finlay, a 30-year-old PR representative in San Francisco, travels four hours and 140 miles every day from Dixon, California, so he can live in a three-bedroom home with a swimming pool. He estimates that he saves around $15,000 to $18,000 per year by not living in the Bay Area.
Other workers with lengthy commutes, though, are just doing what they must, living far from their jobs because exurbs or outer boroughs are all they can afford. Sydney Bennet, a senior research associate at Apartment List, explains that many jobs are concentrated in cities where high housing costs can push workers further and further out, particularly in pricey places like California and New York.
The commute might be the necessary trade-off for them, Bennet tells CNBC Make It: "So, maybe they don't want to live in an urban city, but that's where the jobs are, and so they make that sacrifice to live where they want to live."
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