Long commutes less prevalent in Vermont than other parts of the country

By: Leslie Black-Plumeau

An estimated 14,400 Vermont workers (4.8 percent) commute an hour or longer, according to a recent Census Bureau study of people who worked outside the home in 2011.  Every New England state had a higher prevalence of long commutes than Vermont. Nationwide, 8.1 percent of workers commuted this long.  

The same study also showed that 21,000 Vermonters commuted to other states for their jobs. Interestingly, nearly the same number of residents of other states commuted into Vermont to work.     

On a related note, new county level data on commuting was released this week by the Census Bureau.  Stay tuned for news on what this data shows for Vermont counties.