County Level Changes in Super Commuting 2010-2021

Chris Salviati
May 7, 2023
In the decade preceding the pandemic, the total number of super commuters in the U.S. skyrocketed from 3.2 million in 2010 to 4.6 million in 2019, growing at triple rate of the overall national workforce. But in the wake of the remote work revolution, the number of super commuters has plummeted, wiping out a full decade of growth and then some. As of 2021 – the most recent data currently available from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey – the number of super commuters had fallen back to 3.1 million, 4 percent fewer than there were in 2010.

The interactive map below visualizes these changes in the population of super commuters at the county level from 2010 to 2021. The size of the marker for a given county corresponds to the the number of super commuters in that county in the given year, while the shading of the markers corresponds to the super commuting rate (i.e. the share of the county’s total workforce that are super commuters). Explore below, and for a more thorough analysis of, check out

full report on super commuters.

Chris is a senior housing economist at Apartment List, where he conducts research on economic trends in the housing market. Chris previously worked as a research assistant at the Federal Reserve and an economic consultant, and he has BA and MA degrees in economics from Boston University.
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