Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Is Your Commute Too Long?

Does it seem like your commute is too long? Or are you one of the lucky few who are a hop, skip, and a jump away from your workplace? I was recently wondering how long some people drive to work, as I have had friends who deliberately move to areas they wouldn't normally live in, just to be close to their jobs. On the flip side, I've known others who are adamant on being in the city or somewhere specific, and don't care how far from work they have to drive.

Out of curiosity, I pulled up some info on this to see just how long most people drive.

 Using the data from the 2009 U.S. census, the average drive for most Americans is right around 25 mins (25.1, to be exact). What's really interesting is that the percentage of people whose commutetime is actually 25-29 minutes are some of the lowest represented on the survey!
Now, here in St. Louis, the average drive time is actually 21.5 minutes, slightly lower than the national average. Over the years, my commute time has generally been in the 20-30 minute range. Not too surprising, considering the saying around here goes, "You can get just about anywhere in St. Louis in 30 minutes".

How does your commute time compare to this chart? Is there a certain cutoff point where you'd find yourself wanting to be closer to work because you couldn't deal with the drive time? (you have to feel for those who are consistently driving 90+ mins to get to and from work!)

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