Poll results: From home to work and back again
Some of you are loving your commutes. Others not so much.
I know because I asked you to share in last week's twin polls, which asked how long your drive to work lasts and what you think of it.
Half of you have commutes that generally take you less than 30 minutes one way. (Most common answer: 20 to 29 minutes.) One lucky soul reports an 11-minute commute -- by foot.
The rest of you aren't so fortunate.
Eighteen percent have commutes that last 30 to 44 minutes one way.
Fourteen percent drive 45 to 59 minutes one way.
Thirteen percent report commutes that take anywhere from a hour to 89 minutes.
And 5 percent of you, poor things, have one-way commutes of at least an hour and a half. Yes, one way.
Despite the range, three-quarters of say your commutes are at least "OK." (Twenty-seven percent say "excellent.")
Eighteen percent say your commute is lousy.
Five percent of you say it's truly awful and you can't wait to move or switch jobs. (The same five percent who commute three hours a day round-trip, perhaps ...)
And one person says he or she hates the commute but gets to work from home a lot. So perhaps that averages out to an OK?
Nick T., whose workplace is only a few minutes from the place he's renting, commented on the poll with his personal calculation of the cost discount "required to buy with an extended commute (all else being equal)":
0-5 Minutes: -10% (would pay more!)
5-10 Minutes: No Effect - Base House
10-20 Minutes: 10%
20-30 Minutes: 20%
30-60 Minutes: 45%
+60 Minutes: It better be free!
What's your calculation?
And what do those of you with lousy or awful commutes do to get through the grind? Mine's just this side of lousy, and I listen to recorded books.