Atlanta Commuters Outspend the Rest of the Country

The commute costs Atlanta residents more than in any other city, according to new analysis by Educated Driver.
January 5, 2019, 7am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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New analysis by Educated Driver found Atlanta to be the most expensive city for commuters over their lives.

Researchers at Educated Driver "calculated how much time drivers spend commuting, how much money is spent and how many miles commuters log in 100 major U.S. cities." According to their estimation, the average American "will spend $108,727 on gas and vehicle maintenance costs associated with commuting, while driving 173,203 miles to and from work in their lifetime," in the words of the online post promoting the analysis.

"Atlanta drivers, however, don’t get off that easy. Commuters will spend $182, 886 and 288,000 miles over the course of a lifetime — more than any other city in the survey," according to Clanton.

Educated Driver's cost analysis expands on an earlier study that revealed the time spent commuting in cities around the country.

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Published on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 in Atlanta Journal Constitution
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