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Commute times: Traverse City doesn’t have much to complain about

March 12, 2013



Data-set Tuesday

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released a report on commute times around the United States. How long are people traveling to get to work? As one might expect, some of the country’s larger metro regions lead in terms of what the Census Bureau calls mega-commutes; commutes longer than 90 minutes and 50 miles. Nearly 600,000 full-time workers enjoy those mega-commutes. Those with 60-minute commutes or longer  regardless of mode choice, total about 8.1% of the U.S. workforce.

Locally, the data is a bit difficult to access, but WNYC created a handy data map that gives the averages based on zip codes. For my zip, 49686, the average commute is 18.4 minutes; a full 7 minutes below the national average of 25.4. Across town, 49684 is even lower at 17.2 minutes. We certainly aren’t all that delayed in traffic here in Traverse City.

CommutetimesClick for interactive map

Although I’m more frequently one of the 13.4 million home-based workers, an increase of 35% in ten years, (PDF), my commute times ring true to my zip code regardless of mode; mainly because I stay within the two Traverse City zip codes.


How’s your commute treating you? 


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