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    Default How far is your commute?

    In time and/or distance? The linked article speaks of extraordinary distances commonly traveled. I once might have not believed it, but many of my co-workers live 50 miles or more than an hour away from work.


    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2...act_paumgarten

    "Roughly one out of every six American workers commutes more than forty-five minutes, each way. People travel between counties the way they used to travel between neighborhoods. The number of commuters who travel ninety minutes or more each way—known to the Census Bureau as “extreme commuters”—has reached 3.5 million, almost double the number in 1990."

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    I am fortunate that my commute is only about 40 blocks and one avenue. However, it sucked to walk it during the transportation strike last year.

    As you can tell, I am one of those people that hates commuting. I would rather live in Manhattan and live in an apartment the size of a postage stamp than live in NJ and have a much bigger apartment for my money and have to spend a lot more time commuting.

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    25 miles. Takes about 40 minutes, about half of it is local traffic, half expressway driving. Not much congestion on the expressway, thankfully. It's my #1 complaint about my job - the gas and the distance. A lot of people at my job drive a lot further.
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    I'm with you, DH. I live in the city, about 1 1/2 miles (walking distance) from work--by design. Of course, we all have different circumstances. I don't have a wife around to pine for a suburban home and I like living in the city so the choice was easy.

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    My job has moved more times that I have in the 18 years I've been there. I'm on my second house and 4th job location (same company, but sold and merged, etc.).
    I wouldn't consider moving closer right now - I live 3 blocks from the high school so there's really no discussion about buying another car for teenagers.
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    I'm blessed to be a home-based writer, so my "commute" is measured in feet, not miles...

    I've always had "extreme" commutes -- incredibly short or long. For five years, I lived in downtown Cincinnati and walked ten minutes to my office. Immediately after that, however, I took a job in downtown Dayton, which suddenly meant a drive of nearly 50 miles one way. That got really old really fast, esp in the snow. But at least it was mostly open expressway.

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    Eight miles, and it takes anywhere from 12-25 minutes depending on traffic.... and I mean traffic like being stuck behind a horse and buggy.

    Seriously.

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    .8 of a mile. I usually drive, because there is no bus, but when I walk, I walk through a park, along the Chicago River, to get to work.

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    6 miles. Drive 10 min. Bike 30, ! helluva hill right out side Nevada.
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