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Your Two Cents: How Does Your Commute Compare?

I'm a sucker for statistics that show how many days we spend each year sleeping, brushing our teeth, sitting in traffic, etc. Did you know that New Yorkers spend about a week each year traveling to their jobs? They spend about 38 minutes a day commuting, while it takes about 25 minutes for most Americans to get to work.

I was surprised to find that the average San Francisco commute is slightly longer — or was longer, the Census data is a bit dated — than commuting in Los Angeles. Whenever I'm visiting L.A., I feel like a quarter of my trip is spent in traffic!
So, how long does it take you to get to work?


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AMP AMP 9 years
I live about 8 blocks from work. It takes me about 8 mins to walk here and back. I LOVE it and I know that I'm totally spoiled. The thought of driving even 15 minutes makes me anxious now.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
35-50 minutes by car in Tampa.
ladyliz ladyliz 9 years
My commute is anywhere from 50min to 1Hour. I can't complain though; I love my job and only work 2 days a week!
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
I go to the gym after work to beat rush hour rush. I live in Baton Rouge, LA and the traffic is unbearable. Please rebuild New Orleans so we can send these people back!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
I ride the bus and it takes 45 minutes. Could be longer if there is traffic or an accident on the road.
0danielle0 0danielle0 9 years
I live about a block from my office, so I just walk down to the ocean, take a minute to either prepare myself for the day or decompress from it, and then, within minutes, I'm where I need to be. It's rough. ;)
msmiller msmiller 9 years
iPods are truly the greatest invention ever. I work in DC but I live in Maryland so my commute is about an hour. Luckily I take a commuter bus (a coach bus) and I can sleep or do some tasks while I'm riding. I never drive to work; DC MD VA has the worst traffic in all of the world, including LA, and driving to work would just make me crazy and evil. My iPod calms my nerves.
Babychloe Babychloe 9 years
From the time I leave my house, drive to the light rail station, catch my bus and walk into work it takes exactly 1 hour. I could drive to work in 30 minutes, but it's cheaper to take a commuter bus (my company pays for part of my pass) and there's less wear and tear on my car.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Over an hour each way. But luckily, my husband and I commute together, so I have someone to talk to!
Lorelei-Spirit Lorelei-Spirit 9 years
About 15 minutes for me. I leave extra early to beat the early rush. Plus, it gets me to work early so I can Sugar up a bit before getting serious about work. :D
shalee55 shalee55 9 years
jd_denver jd_denver 9 years
Before I retired, my paratransit bus ride was anywhere from 45 minutes to over two hours each way, depending on where else the bus needed to go between picking me up and dropping me off. I had some trips between SW Denver and the SE suburbs of Denver that took me through all four quadrants of the metro area! Now I telecommute on some volunteer work.
HustleRose HustleRose 9 years
30 minute drive there and 30 minute drive home, thank goodness for my ipod indeed. But I used to drive an hour each way, for like a year, so 30 minutes seems like a breeze.
Jennyusagi Jennyusagi 9 years
My commute is now 10 minutes.... by bike. I moved to get rid of my 20 minute to 1.5 hour commute (depending on traffic) because the tension/stress was giving me back pain and headaches, and the pain from those in turn was messing with my mind and trigged depression. It was the suck. Sooooooooooo happy to be biking now and getting daily exercise that way at the same time.
kathrynliz kathrynliz 9 years
in answer to the question about Atlanta, I think we did rank #1 in this particular survey or in one very similar to it. i think it's us and LA... no public transportation, or at least any that might go where you are going!! Me: 9 miles, 30 minutes.
tee0206 tee0206 9 years
It takes me 20-25 minutes at my current job. However, I'm trying to get a job at my former contracted job location, since it's three miles from my apartment (and it's a really cool company). However, it took me fifteen minutes to get three miles in traffic.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
I am my commute. I am a city transit operator (bus driver) for San Francisco for the moment. So I walk to where my bus is and take it over from the previous operator. More over I drive the totally "green" buses here in SF - the electric trolleys. Now that I'm leaving that I'm looking for anything within city limits or that's BARTable. Something that I can walk or ride a bike too would be excellent. All previous jobs here in SF have been walkable downtown financial district.
julieulie julieulie 9 years
I live in the middle of D.C. and don't own a car, so I walk to work -- a little over 20 minutes each way. I like the walk (except in the rain/snow) and I like that I'm not contributing to global warming by wastefully driving everywhere.
dreamlover823 dreamlover823 9 years
For me its 10-15 minutes tops... my poor husband drives over an hour... on the bright side... he knows the latest songs... where as for me Im stuck in last years hits... lol.
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 9 years
Eh...about 20 minutes or so...if I take the freeway. However, I do drop my son at daycare and grab some coffee before work, so I'll say...30 to 40 minutes before I get to the door?
Porkchopz Porkchopz 9 years
I live 8 miles from my work, but it took me 45 min to get there (over Bay Bridge to SF). I started a carpool group in my apartment building, so now we get to take the carpool lane and it takes just 15 min!
piraterie piraterie 9 years
Takes me about 15 minutes to get to work in the morning, although if I'm running even two minutes late I end up getting into traffic and it takes longer. But it usually takes about half an hour to drive home (on the same roads) due to traffic. Not too bad, really, except that I loathe driving. I really need to move somewhere with more public transportation options. A few years ago I had an hour commute on the most boring road ever. Pretty straight, not much traffic, no scenery. I am absolutely appalled to admit that I used to prop a book up on the steering wheel and read during the drive. So lucky I never got in an accident.
SweetnLow SweetnLow 9 years
I would like to see how Atlanta rates in these statistics. Pretty much everyone I know is in the car for about 45 mins or longer.
My commute is from Philly to New York (2 hrs. each way)....gotta love the power of sleep :)
millarci millarci 9 years
I have an hour and a half commute (give or take about 10-15 minutes). It's awful, but my favorite radio morning show (Chio in the Morning, WRDW Philadelphia - Wired 96.5) gets me through it!
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