Oct 20, 2022 - News

Atlanta commutes get a little bit shorter

Data: U.S. Census American Community Survey; Chart: Jacque Schrag/Axios

The pandemic shaved a few minutes off your drive to work.

What's happening: The average one-way commute in Atlanta was 2.9 minutes shorter in 2021 compared to 2019, per the latest U.S. Census data.

Why it matters: More people working from home and fewer people commuting by car reshaped the traditional back-and-forth.

  • Nearly 40% of workers in Atlanta primarily worked from home in 2021, according to the data.

Between the lines: Traffic congestion is down about 27% across major U.S. cities' downtowns compared to pre-pandemic levels, reports Axios' Alex Fitzpatrick.

  • Nationwide, the average one-way trip to work was two minutes shorter than in 2019, per the Census data.

What we're watching: For those who do go back in, flexible work arrangements make it easier to avoid rush hour and cut back on some of the stress around commuting, Adam Kamins, a senior director at research firm Moody’s Analytics, told Axios.

Go deeper: The number of people working remotely tripled during COVID

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