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Follow-up: How Far Do You Live From Where You Work or Play?

2008 July 29

About the author: Dominic Bridgers joined EPA’s Office of Public Affairs as a summer intern.

I live in the DC Metropolitan area and I commute to EPA – first I drive to the nearest metro station which is about a 6 mile drive. Then I take the train to work which is about a 30 minute ride. From my house to the headquarters of EPA it is about a 24 mile drive one way. But then I would run into the DC rush hour traffic which is not a pleasurable morning ride. So therefore, I take the train which is less stressful and saves me some money on gas so I can play on the weekends. I play within a 10 mile radius from my house. I’m lucky that all the things that I enjoy doing are so close to my house because if not, I would be filling up the tank every other day.

I have read the responses to the June 2nd question of the week, “How far do you live from where you work or play?” and here is a summary. Most of you said you live within 24 miles of where you work or play. A little less than half of you said you are about 25-49 miles away. And about a dozen said you live 50-75 miles away and a handful live 75 miles or more. Wow, have you ever thought about moving closer? Thanks for your time in posting how far your commute is from where you work or play.

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  1. David Gannon permalink
    July 29, 2008

    I live 8 miles from work. We recently moved to this house/location and a major decision was based upon our proximity to the light rail station from our house – .75 miles away. I take the train every day to work. Had it not been for the light rail, I do not think we would have purchased the home. What could be better? You get to read, listen to music and laugh at all of the rush hour traffic in gridlock.

  2. Heather permalink
    July 29, 2008

    In my community (city) it is everyone’s responsibility to keep our properties clean. Like, suppose you find a soda can on the sidewalk. You would stop and think…Should you pick it up?
    The best answer for that question would be yes! Everyone has a responsibility to keep your town clean. Please, help the world, help you, help me. Thank you!

  3. Jed permalink
    July 29, 2008

    I live 10 miles from work. I take the bus even though it takes longer because it’s (slightly) cheaper than driving, and much more relaxing. I get my best reading done every morning and afternoon on the bus.

    I consider myself really lucky. I cannot imagine living much further from the office.

  4. Toni permalink
    July 31, 2008

    I personally think your 24 miles is way too far! I’ve always tried to live within 5 miles of where I work and in many situations have been close enough so I can walk.

  5. Corinne permalink
    August 6, 2008

    I live about 5-6 miles from work and mix up my commute between taking the subway and cycling, when the weather cooperates. It’s easy for those of us who choose to live in metropolitan or urb-burb areas to commute as we have many options. Like most things, having convienence means that I sacrifice things like having a huge yard and a home with a big driveway. I wish that Public Transportation fares weren’t so expensive but it’s cheaper than filling my gas tank every few weeks and then paying for parking in the city!

  6. Estrellita del Llano permalink
    August 12, 2008

    My commute is almost 200 miles per day. I travel through to states to get to the final third state to work. I take a commuter bus and that is an experience that can not be shared with the uninitiated, however, hundreds of us do it every morning and every afternoon. It costs $31.3015 per day, and that’s not including the drive to and from the bus depot. When I have to drive in to work, the cost is more than triple. Why do I do it? Medical insurance.

  7. Michelle Miller permalink
    August 20, 2008

    Living within walking / biking distance to work is the primary criteria for me when thinking about a job. This has limited my career trajectory to work in affordable urban centers (ie: not Chicago or SF or other major metro areas) where wages more closely reflect cost-of-living. I’ve also had to forgo living in less-expensive rural fringe communities. Overall, this has allowed me a very high quality of life and solid job satisfaction. If you are willing to limit your career opportunities, I think it pays off in the end with an improved overall quality of life.

  8. Lucille permalink
    September 2, 2008

    My husband is an electronics tech and takes old computers,, fixes them if they need it and then donates to needy friends or to the Salvation Army store. We have had people take them out of our arms when we were delivering them to the store. Also, a lot of folk are looking for parts from old computers.

  9. data recovery scotland permalink
    September 29, 2011

    The distance between home and work is inversely proportional to the resources expended in reaching either location.

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