As information and telecommunication technologies provide us with more flexible working habits and transportation allows us an ever increasing geographical reach, a new phenomenon is emerging in contemporary America: extreme commuting. In the past, the distance between our home and work location used to be just a few miles or tens of miles; today, an increasing number of Americans regularly cover distances of 100 miles or more to commute to work several times a month.
These maps, created using aggregated, anonymous data from the AT&T cellphone network, depict commuting patterns in eight major US urban areas. As one can see, basins of attraction are so large that they start to overlap, covering the whole country: the United Cities of America.
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