Census Data: Renters Have Shorter Commutes

According to an analysis by the data research team at Trulia, renters have shorter commutes in 43 of 50 major metros. But despite there being more renters, commutes are still getting longer.

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March 4, 2016, 11:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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It's been a week full of commuter news, as various outlets haven't crunched new data on vehicle miles traveled and commute times. The most recent coverage focuses on increasing commute times for American workers.

Mark Uh summarizes Trulia's analysis of recent U.S. Census commute data: "Since 2009, commute times nationwide have been on the rise. Some of this increase is due to more people commuting, but also some may be due to a shift in where people live."

Uh's interest in the growth in commute times coincides with an interest in the growing number of renters in the country: "we wanted to explore whether the big shift towards renting over the past 10 years has led to shifts in commuting."

Their findings: "renters are far more likely to live closer to work, take public transportation and have shorter commute times than their home-owning counterparts." 

Trulia has created an interactive map showing commute times around the country.

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