Thursday, December 17, 2009

How bad is the average American's commute? Comparatively speaking...not too bad....

The Economist recently reported on a study done by Regus, a property company.  The study examined the average commuting times across the world, surveying 11,000 people in 13 countries.  I think its safe to say that Americans are located in a very auto-centric society, and if there is one thing that we are used to in the Lehigh Valley, its traffic jams.  So, you'd think America would be pretty high on the list, right?

Wrong.

Of the thirteen countries surveyed, America ranked as having the 2nd shortest commuting time.  The results:

  1. China
  2. India
  3. Belgium
  4. Germany
  5. Mexico
  6. France
  7. Britain
  8. South Africa
  9. Netherlands
  10. Australia
  11. Spain
  12. United States
  13. Canada
By way of comparison - 32% of those in China surveyed indicated that they had considered leaving their job as a result of the commute.  In America, that number was halved, with only 16% of respondents answering the same.

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