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The Average American’s Commute Is 27 Minutes One Way

I have mixed feelings about commutes.  On one hand, I know people usually HATE them.  But on the other hand, it’s when people are listening to me on the radio.  So… yeah.  Mixed feelings. Haha!

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, commute times just hit an all-time high.  The average American’s commute was 27 minutes one way last year, which is two minutes more than it was a decade ago. And that adds up.  It’s an extra 20 minutes a week or 17 extra hours a year!

And all in all, the average person spends 225 hours, or nine full calendar days, commuting in a year.

So what’s leading to the increases in commute time?  One of the big reasons is cities not having enough housing, so people move further away. Plus, cities not spending on roads and transportation, which makes their drives tougher.

How long is your commute?

Danielle Tufano


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