Friday, April 08, 2005

What's your commute time? How do you compare?

The US Census Bureau reports that "Americans spend more than 100 hours commuting to work each year, according to American Community Survey (ACS) data...". But, it looks like this is a 2003 study just now being released. We wonder how these times have changed, with the rapid population growth in many areas?

What are the states with those commute times?
"Based on a ranking of states with the longest average commute-to-work times, the ACS showed that New York (30.4 minutes) and Maryland (30.2 minutes) residents spent the most time traveling to their jobs. New Jersey (28.5 minutes), Illinois (27.0 minutes) and California (26.5 minutes) were also among states with some of the longest one-way commute times. States with some of the lowest average commute times included South Dakota (15.2 minutes), North Dakota (15.4 minutes), Nebraska (16.5 minutes) and Montana (16.9 minutes)."

And, now more about the short commutes:
"In contrast, workers in several cities are fortunate enough to experience relatively short commute times, including Corpus Christi, Texas (16.1 minutes); Wichita, Kan. (16.3 minutes); Tulsa, Okla. (17.1 minutes); and Omaha, Neb. (17.3 minutes)."

This is interesting as it relates to real estate and housing. Many times our buyers are considering the trade off between housing prices and commmute time.

To read more, including state rankings in a pdf file, go here.

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