The U.S. Census came out with a report on mega-commuters, people who travel long distances to get to their jobs. The study showed 600,000 people take 90 minutes and travel 50 miles to get to work. Nearly 11 million people travel an hour each way. In the Washington D.C. area, super long commutes are normal. (It sounds like a miserable existence.)
There are about 350,000 people living in Monroe County who have jobs. The vast majority of those jobs are in Monroe County. But a sizable group crosses county lines to go to work. Here are the number of Monroe County residents who commute to the following counties:
Ontario County: 7,085 (12,428 Ontario County residents commute to Monroe County. 2,518 commute to Wayne County.)
Wayne County: 3,453 (15,257 Wayne County residents commute to Monroe County. 4,039 commute to Ontario County.)
Livingston County: 1,467
Genesee County: 1,208
Erie County: 1,025 (1,241 Erie County residents commute to Monroe County.)
Orleans County: 906
Onondaga County: 579
It’s clear Ontario County’s boom has shifted jobs east. It’s interesting to note that despite the close proximity of Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, there aren’t a lot of people commuting among the cities. That’s probably because all offer affordable housing.
Links of the Day:
– Batavia was named a hotbed of expanding and relocating businesses.
– Syracuse residents, tired of waiting for the city, put up their own surveillance cameras. (I’d like to see a study done on the effectiveness of Rochester’s camera network. Does it deter crime? Are crimes often caught on tape? Do the cameras lead to arrests?)