About 8.1 percent of U.S. workers have commutes of 60 minutes or longer, and nearly 600,000 full-time “mega commuters” travel at least 90 minutes and 50 miles. The average one-way daily commute for workers across the country is 25.5 minutes, and one in four commuters leave their county to work.

These figures come from the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey, which was released Tuesday.

The San Francisco area heads the list, with 2.09 percent of its workforce categorized as mega commuters. The greater New York City area comes in second, with 1.9 percent; followed by Greater Washington, D.C. (1.89 percent); Trenton/Ewing, N.J. (1.4 percent), and Greater Los Angeles (1.25 percent).

Sonoma County figures weren’t available.

Mega commuters were more likely to be male, older, married, make a higher salary and have a spouse who does not work, according to the report. Of the total mega commuters, 75.4 percent were male and 24.6 percent women. Mega commuters were also more likely to leave for work before 6 a.m.

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  1. Bonnie Peterson

    Lake to Sonoma County
    1.25 hours (one way)
    50+ miles (one way)

    March 6th, 2013 12:05 pm

  2. cookie

    Yep. Santa Rosa to Ukiah, 1 hour 20 mins. About 70 miles. On the road by 4:45 am.

    March 6th, 2013 12:40 pm

  3. Alex

    Oh yes..years ago company went bankrupt. I had no choice but to get a job in SF and commute 4 days a week with spouse. Unfortunately, still no good paying jobs in Sonoma County and with the housing market in the tank, looks like I will be doing this commute for many years.

    March 6th, 2013 12:56 pm

  4. JP

    I’m right with you Alex.
    Santa Rosa to SF, M-F

    March 6th, 2013 1:18 pm

  5. Tamara

    Yup, leave the house at 5:10 a.m. to catch a 5:30 bus, get to SF at 6:45 to avoid the later, longer commute. Leave the office at 4:00 p.m. to catch a 4:19 bus, get to Santa Rosa at 6:00, on a “good” day. Traveling time totals 3 hours 35 minutes per day, door-to-door. Been doing it forever, no good paying jobs in Sonoma County, will have to do it until a year after I die, LOL! Definitely a mega-commuter! All of our buses are full, they need to interview more folks from Sonoma County!

    March 6th, 2013 1:31 pm

  6. John Murphy

    Tamara – once a week I am on the same buses as you. They are all full – even the 4:35 AM bus. GGT needs to add more buses. Or some of the firms in SF should be looking at commercial space in Santa Rosa!

    March 6th, 2013 2:40 pm

  7. Michael

    Petaluma to Palo Alto 3 to 5 days week. Tech guy with only good jobs from SF to SJ. Will be doing this until my kids graduate high school. Only 12 more years!

    March 6th, 2013 2:52 pm

  8. TC

    Michael: Why not move to the Palo Alto area or somewhere nearby? Petaluma is generally a great place to live but Palo Alto is pretty nice as well, and has some really high-standard public schools. Also because it’s the home of Stanford it gives it a really cool college town atmosphere. The only downside is that Palo Alto and the South Bay are outrageously expensive.

    March 6th, 2013 4:51 pm

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