Both Census and Gallup data show that today’s workforce is more likely to spend time working apart from their colleagues. About 4.6% of workers, or 6.8 million, worked at home in 2015, the latest census year, a 5% increase over 2014.
At the same time, the average American commute is getting longer. The current 26.4 minute trip grew by 24 seconds from 2014 to 2015, or three hours and twenty minutes of extra commuting time for the typical American. The number of Americans with 45-minute commutes grew by 3.5% during this time, while American workers with hour-long commutes grew by 5.1%. Workers with the most extreme commutes – 90 minutes or more – grew by 8%.
A number of factors drive this trend, including the still-growing American ideal of suburban living.