In any case, the Census has plenty of more ways to break down extreme commuting here. Not surprisingly, the vast bulk of long commutes are people living outside large metropolitan areas commuting into the city. New York, Maryland, and New Jersey had the largest percentage of long commutes. What's more, a disproportionate fraction of commutes longer than 60 minutes took place on public transit (see chart), in part because average travel time for public transit is longer across the board. Curiously, a small portion of Americans walk or bike 60 minutes to work each way.
Even in a region where marathon commutes are commonplace, Angela Barber’s trek to work is brutally long.She rises in her Hagerstown, Md., home at 4:45 a.m. and heads out the door half an hour or so later. It usually takes her two hours to drive down Interstate 270 and Connecticut Avenue to her Dupont Circle job as a legal secretary at a nonprofit. In bad weather, the trip home has taken as long as five hours.“I can’t afford to leave this job, and I can’t afford to move,” said Barber, 46, who has been making the commute for nine years. “I have a good job, it’s just 74 miles from home.”