I don't know about your area, but around here there are a LOT of folks who decided to cash in on their homes in the cities and buy a MANSION out in the valley where property was (WAS) cheaper. I know of a lot of people who commute fifty or more miles each way! I work with a guy who commutes 60 EACH WAY every day. These people are spending a LOT on fuel these days!
I live six miles from work and it hurts filling up that $70 tank. And I only have to do it every other week.