The Killer Commute. {Infographic}.

Via Jill Barth
on Apr 10, 2012
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If Your Commute To Work Is More Than 45 Minutes, You’re 40% More Likely To Get Divorced:

Killer Commute

Shortening your commute by 20 minutes can save your life.

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About Jill Barth

Jill Barth, elephant journal green team leader, lives in Illinois with her husband and kids. She reminds you to breathe. Jill's writing can be found on her blog, Small Things Honored.


3 Responses to “The Killer Commute. {Infographic}.”

  1. Beatrice says:

    My husband and I have almost always commuted by foot or bike – usually taking 40 – 60 minutes if walking or 15-30 if cycling. We've walked in all sorts of weather, including 40 below. We've cycled in absolute downpours. We're still 100% married after 44 years; are we safe yet? Can I assume these stats of yours apply only to commutes by car? Are there similar stats for commuting by public transit or nonautomotive means?
    I find walking makes a good transition between home and work. Cycling is mostly good (and addictive) but very scary at times. With traffic being what it is in my city, driving is not much faster than walking, and it takes much more of a toll on a person.

  2. Danielle says:

    Let's not forget that correlation does not equal causation. In my experience, those who commute do so out of economic necessity. Many people simply cannot afford to live where they work or work where they live. We know that financial disagreements are the number one cause of divorce. Adding the economic factor may help us to better understand some of these factors.

  3. Paola says:

    This is so true, if you live in a city like London and you commute about 60 minutes each way you are considered lucky!
    Most people can't afford living where they work or can't afford the lifestyle they want in the city. However, most of the the jobs are concentrated there so working outside London is often not an option.
    It's not uncommon, especially for wealthier middle class people, to commute for even 2-3 hours a day so you can afford a mansion / family house in the leafy suburbs or little towns in the south east.
    People on low or average income are gradually pushed out to the outer boroughs, or have to compromise and live in tiny/shared accommodations AND/OR commute.
    No matter what you do though, you "regular guy" will end up spending most of your salary on rent, travel expenses or, if you are lucky, mortgage repayments.
    So yeah, commuting is surely bad in itself but I would see it more as a symptom of a much bigger work/life issues.