Bay Area And Valley Workers Have Worst Commutes In Country

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS13/AP) — Workers in the San Francisco Bay Area and San Joaquin County suffer through commutes that are longer and cover greater distances than in any other major metro area in the country.

The Chronicle reports the region has a higher percentage of workers described in new Census data as “mega-commuters” — people who spend at least 90 minutes plus 50 miles to get to the office in the morning.

The newspaper says about two percent of full-time workers living from Walnut Creek to San Rafael to San Jose — and four percent of people who work in the area — are classified as mega-commuters, compared with the national average of less than one percent.

The Census bureau numbers also show San Joaquin County commuters are nearly twice as likely to spend an hour or more to get to work than commuters across the country.

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