Rural Versus Urban Commute

Check out this interactive map from this NPR article showing the commute times for different parts of the nation. Most of Republic County has around a 10 minutes one way commute. And you know in rural Kansas you can travel about a 1 mile per minute versus the metro/suburb commuters who are within 15 miles but have 25-35 minute commutes. (http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/03/05/173515882/interactive-compare-your-commute-to-nations-longest)

Total Commute Time Comparison:

Belleville, Kansas

Daily – 10 min one way = 20 min round trip (TV show without commercials)
Weekly – 20 min a day x 5 days a week = 100 min / 1 hr 40 min (A feature film)
Monthly – 100 min x 4 weeks = 400 min / 6 hr 40 min (A drive to Wichita, KS and back)
Yearly – 400 min x 12 months = 4,800 / 80 hrs / 3.33 days (Long weekend)

Metro, Kansas

Daily – 35 min one way = 70 min / 1 hr 10 min round trip (A short movie)
Weekly – 70 min a day x 5 days a week = 350 min / 5 hrs 50 min (A short work day)
Monthly – 350 min x 4 weeks = 1,400 min / 23 hr 20 min (Basically a day)
Yearly – 1,400 min x 12 months = 16,800 min / 280 hr / 11.6 days (A long vacation)

Map Made by
John Keefe, Steven Melendez and Louise Ma of the WNYC Data News Team. Follow us @datanews, email us here.
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