Remember the song Maps by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs? I’m thinking about it now, looking at the brand new interactive color-coded map from WNYC, and do you think maybe Karen O was actually singing “they don’t love you like I love you” to the maps? Like maybe she’s just a fellow nerd who spends hours inputting different zip codes, feeling alive? Just a theory.
Anyway, this particular map looks at commute times according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. As it turns out, 2% of workers in the New York metro area are “mega-commuters,” traveling at least 90 minutes and 50 miles to get to work.
If any of those mega-commuters are in the Slope, though, they are outnumbered by the rest of us. The average commute time in 11215 is 38.3 minutes (+/- o.7 minutes), while the average time in 11217 is 35.6 minutes (+/- 0.5 minutes). It makes sense: for every Manhattan-bound traveler, there are probably three to five freelancers who are commuting to their kitchen table.
Have fun messing around with the map above. Anyone have any crazy commuting stories? What’s the farthest you’ve traveled for work?
Image via WNYC