Friday, April 21, 2006

How Far Do You Drive to Work?

Car_redvw_3Well, if you are like a lot of Americans, the answer may be pretty far.

According to this story from Yahoo! News (through Reuters):

Studies show Americans spend more time than ever commuting and for a growing number, getting to work takes more than an hour. In the most recent U.S Census Bureau study, 2.8 million people have so-called extreme commutes, topping 90 minutes.

Studies show 7.6 percent of U.S. commuters traveled more than an hour to work in 2004, the most recent data available, up from 6 percent in 1990. The average one-way commute grew by 13 percent to 25.5 minutes between 1990 and 2000.

In 1990, only in New York state did more than 10 percent of workers spend more than an hour to get to work . . . . Now that situation can be found in New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois and California as well.

Personally, I always disliked spending a lot of time commuting, whether it was by car, bus, or train. And this from a guy who used to commute 35 minutes each way during high school by car and bus, and an hour each way by car and train when commuting to my last law firm job in Philadelphia.

I always say that being a law professor is one of the greatest jobs in the world, and for me, one of the factors behind that assessment is the fact that I now only have a 5 minute commute!


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