The share of Americans working from home has soared during the pandemic. A recent Gallup study found that 45% full-in the United States, part-time workers – and two-thirds of white-collar workers – did their work remotely at least some of the time.
The change is proving to be a positive development for millions of Americans. Gallup reports that youuh 90% of remote workers hope the trend will continue post-pandemic, citing the lack off travel time as the main benefit. (Here’s a look at the state where most people are working from home.)
According to the US Census Bureau, the average travel time in the United States is 26.9 minutes. For those who have moved to full-time remote work, that translates to around 4.5 hours per week, or nearly 10 days per year, time they didn’t have before.
Of course, commute times vary from person to person, but in some parts of the country, workers are much more likely to have longer commutes than in others. Using census data, 24/7 Wall St. identified the 50 U.S. counties and county equivalents with the longest commutes.
Among the counties on this list, average travel times range from about 38 minutes to 51 minutes. Over the course of a week, these travel times add up from over six hours to eight and a half hours – and in most cases over two weeks over the course of a year for those traveling from Monday to Friday.
The four counties that make up New York’s outer boroughs – Bronx, Kings, Queens and Richmond – rank among this list, likely in part because of the large share of commuters in these areas who rely on the city’s buses and subway. . systems. Public transport is less direct than just door-to-door driving, which can increase travel times.
Unlike urban and suburban counties, including those in New York, several counties on this list are relatively isolated, located well beyond the outskirts of the nearest major city. In many of these places, the proportion of commuters driving to work far exceeds the national average of 74.9%. Here’s a look at the cities where people waste the most time driving each year.
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