A 2009 U.S. Census Bureau report says that commutes make up less than 20 percent of all trips in the country. But those trips to and from work are what allows Americans to butter their bread.
Depending on where a person lives, the commute can be very different. In New York, more than 30 percent of people use public transportation. In Austin, the number is closer to 4 percent.
The average commute time has increased by roughly four minutes since 1980. As of 2009, the average American spent just under 25 minutes in traffic.
While that doesn't seem like much, a Swedish study released earlier this year reported that longer commutes could mean higher likelihood of divorces. In addition, a recent IBM study shows that increasing numbers of commuters view their trips to work as stressful. Still, others genuinely enjoy their commutes.
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