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Bay Area home to highest number of workers who commute at least 3 hours daily

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) - Are you a "super commuter?" 

If you're not familiar with the term, it's used to describe some who travels more than 90 minutes each way to work. 

Not only that -- according to the national average, super commuters earn 20.9 percent more than the median American worker employed full-time with a commute under 90 minutes. 

According to data compiled by analysts at Apartment List, the number of super commuters has increased by 31.7 percent since 2005. 

There are roughly 3.5 million super commuters in the U.S.

The Bay Area and surrounding regions lead the nation with more than 120,000 people commuting at least three hours.

The highest earners are "significantly" more likely to have a super commute, and they typically work in high-wage industries and live in high-wage metros. 

Data showed super commuters are most concentrated in metros adjacent to large job centers.

Stockton and Lodi, located about 80 miles east of San Francisco, share the most number of employed residents who qualify as super commuters. 

The study said among the 11.2 percent of the Stockton workforce that commutes more than 1.5 hours each way, many likely travel to the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Modesto, 90 miles southeast of San Francisco, trails Stockton, with 8.7 percent of its population driving more than 90 minutes to work each day.

>> Click here to learn more about the study. 

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