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Mapping Houston’s Mega-Commuters

Texas cities, like Houston and Dallas, rank high for super-commuters, or people who travel at least 90 minutes or 50 miles to work. Use the new interactive application to check out average commute times by zip code.

The U.S. Census Bureau is out with new data on “Mega-Commuters.” Those are people who drive at least 90 minutes and 50 miles to get to work.


According to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, you’ll find the most mega-commuters in New York state, where over 16 percent of workers deal with lengthy travel times. Here in Texas, about seven percent of the state’s workers mega-commute. Figures nationwide show most mega-commuters who drive make the trip solo.

Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area ranks second in Texas in the number of mega-commuters. Dallas County ranks first.

The average commute in the U.S. is about 25 minutes. So how does your commute stack up? You can check out this interactive map that was put together by New York’s WNYC Radio or read the full Census report on long commutes.

Made by: John Keefe, Steven Melendez and Louise Ma of the WNYC Data News Team.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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