Many people would shudder to think of a commute that lasts more than 90 minutes and spans 50 miles, but according to a March 5 census report, the highest concentration of "mega commuters" in the country live in the Bay Area.
While only 0.8 percent of Americans make a mega commute each day, more than four times that percentage take such daily treks in the Bay Area.
Across the U.S., some 600,000 people commute more than 90 minutes and 50 miles.
According to the report, 2.06 percent of the residents of the San Francisco area, which includes Oakland and Fremont, and 1.9 percent of residents in the San Jose area, which includes Palo Alto, make a mega commute to work each morning.
The report states that mega commuters are more likely than other commuters to leave for work before 6 a.m.; be an older, married male who makes a higher salary; and has a spouse that does not work.
Almost 70 percent drove to work alone, a trip that takes an average of 119 minutes and 166 miles.
The report also found that Santa Clara County is a popular spot for out-of-county commuters. Some 209,000 workers commute to Santa Clara County from other counties, which puts it among the highest in the nation.
In 2011, the average commute for a Santa Clara County resident was 24.7 minutes, slightly lower than the national average of 25.5 minutes.
Only 3.4 percent of Santa Clara workers used public transit, markedly lower than the 5 percent nationally. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the 1.8 percent of Santa Clara County residents who commute by bicycle tripled the national number of 0.6 percent.