Rising home prices send buyers further out of the city in search of an affordable home - or more home than they can swing closer to where they had rather be.
WNYC's cool commuter map allows you put your cursor on different cities and areas throughout the country and see its average commute time, like the 60.5-minute average in Sonoma County, CA and the 18.3-minute average for North Canaan, CT. Overflow Data's similar interactive map uses census data of the average commute times throughout the U.S. "Zoom in on a state, or check out the range within each state," said Lifehacker.
And the worst commutes of all are in Pike County, PA, a three-hour drive from New York." "That translates to 3.9 million workers, or almost 3% of the total U.S. workforce, working from home at least half the time in 2015, an increase from 1.8 million in 2005."
Negotiating some flexibility into your schedule or new job offer could reduce the number of days you have to drive to work and make a longer commute easier to deal with.
The question of "How much commute is too much commute?" "That works out to more than a full month out of the year commuting," said the Washington Post. "Imagine spending the entire month of August - 24 hours of every day - stuck in your car or riding the bus." "They made up about 12.4% of all new construction in the single-family home market last year, according to U.S. Census Bureau data," proving that many homebuyers are seeking out attached residences that are often well-located for their needs and more affordable than single-family homes in the city.
Just plug in your home and work address and see how good - or bad - it's going to be.