Rising apartment rents in Los Angeles have pushed many residents out to the Inland Empire—and as a result has increased the number of super commuters working in Los Angeles County. According to a report from Apartment List, Los Angeles County has 3.6% super commuters, defined as residents that travel more than 90 minutes each way for work. By comparison, nationally, 2.9% of works are super commuters.

[The amount of super commuters in Los Angeles County] is greater than the national average of 2.9%, but not by a significant amount,” Christopher Salviati of Apartment List, tells GlobeSt.com. “Super commuting is more common, however, among workers who live in the Inland Empire, and are likely commuting to L.A. Riverside County has the region’s highest super commuter share at 7.1%, followed by San Bernardino County at 6.2%.”

When you isolate for public transit, the number of super commuters increases substantially. “Among workers who commute by public transit in the L.A. metro, 14.5% are super commuters, compared to 3.2% of those who drive to work,” says Salviati. “L.A.’s metro does not have robust coverage throughout the city, and bus networks are significantly less efficient. Many workers who rely on public transit to get to work are likely to face lengthy commute times if they do not live close to a stop on a route that takes them directly to their office.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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