How Does Your Work Commute Compare To Other Cities?

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Mortgage and Lending with Pacor Mortgage Corp

Average Commute Times In The US, By County

As part of the Census Bureau's data collection activities from 2005-2009, a number of interesting charts have been published at http://census.gov.

The data should not be confused with Census 2010 -- a separate survey conducted every 10 years. This is the first-ever, 5-year American Community Survey. Based on data from 3 million households, it details social, economic, housing, and demographic data "for every community in the nation".

Among the surveys:

  • Median Household Income, Inflation-Adjusted To 2009 Dollars (Chart)
  • Median Housing Value Of Owner-Occupied Housing Units (Chart)
  • Percent Of Households That Are Married, With Children Under 18 (Chart)

The ACS survey also charts average commute time by county. The chart is shown at top.

Whether you live in a "long commute" town like Richmond, NY (40 minutes), or a "short commute" town like King, TX (3.4 minutes), rising gas prices have made commute times and distances relevant to everyone.

Since the start of 2011, the average price for gasoline is higher by 54 cents per gallon. Assuming 22 miles per gallon on a passenger car, that's an increase of 2.5 cents of gasoline per mile driven in the last 90 days. It's a cost that adds up quickly, and can affect a household budget. Plan for higher pump prices moving forward, too. Historically, gas prices surge between April and June.

The American Community Survey is loaded with charts and data. It can tell you a lot about your current neighborhood, and any neighborhood to which you may want to relocate. Then, to bridge the ACS data with community details such as school performance and typical home prices, talk to a real estate professional.

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Rainmaker
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Dawn Workman
Veracity Real Estate Group, LLC - Camas, WA
Camas Real Estate Expert, MBA, 480-540-8100

What interesting information.  I do see a trend of gas prices rising and people wanting to live more centrally in the city here. 

Apr 01, 2011 05:49 AM #1
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Jill Kipnis
Move, Inc. - Westlake Village, CA

Thanks for sharing this data! Buyers are certainly factoring in commute time when making a home purchase decision.

Apr 01, 2011 05:55 AM #2
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Jeff Markell
Empire Home Loans Inc. - Tustin, CA
Sr. Mortgage Consultant - Reverse Mortgages

I drive 45 minutes to an hour each way depending on time of day and traffic. I have done this for the last 7 years. With the rising cost of gas, I'm seriously considering working one day a week from home. If so, it would probably be Wednesday to break up the work week. I agree with Jill (#2), this is valuable information for buyers.

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