The Value of a Shorter Commute
According to the Census Bureau, the average commute in the United States is 26.1 minutes. In Alabama, the average decreases slightly to 24.5 minutes.
What would it mean for millions of people across the United States to cut their commute in half?
How about the hundreds of thousands who cannot afford to live anywhere close to where they work?
Research shows longer commutes put your health at risk. Here are some of the articles about the
value of a shorter commute havoc wreaked by longer commutes.
Long commutes are bad for both people's health and productivity - Business Insider
People who commuted to work in 30 minutes or less "gain an additional seven days' worth of productive time each year as opposed to those with commutes of an hour or over."
Longer commuting workers are:
- 33% more likely to be depressed
- 37% more likely to have money woes
- 12% more likely to report work-related stress
- 46% more likely to get less than seven hours of sleep nightly
- 21% more likely to be obese
Commuting: "The Stress That Doesn't Pay" - Psychology Today
- In 2011, congestion caused Americans to travel an extra 5.5 billion hours and purchase an extra 2.9 billion gallons of fuel, leading to a $121 billion price tag to congestion.
- In urban areas with more than 3 million people, commuters had an average of 52 hours of delay a year.
- The ride to work is also associated with increased blood pressure, musculoskeletal problems, lower frustration tolerance, and higher levels of anxiety and hostility. It can cause bad moods when arriving at work and coming home, increased lateness and missed work, and impaired cognitive performance.