Report: Average North Jersey commute took 30 minutes

16 12 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Last updated: Tuesday December 16, 2008, 7:14 AM

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North Jersey residents told the Census Bureau that their commutes to work take, on average, just under a half-hour, according to data from the American Community Survey from 2005-07.

Bergen County residents reported a mean travel time of 28.8 minutes, while Passaic County residents traveled 26.1 minutes every day, the data show.

Those who live in Hackensack and Paterson, the biggest cities in Bergen and Passaic counties, respectively, were more likely to take public transportation than in the county as a whole. In Hackensack, 21.5 percent of workers took public transportation compared to 12.6 percent of all Bergen County residents. Slightly more than 13 percent of Paterson residents used public transportation to get to work, compared to 9 percent of all Passaic County residents.

Compared to more rural counties, Bergen and Passaic residents also sleep later. According to the census data, 3.7 percent of Bergen residents and 5.4 percent of Passaic residents report leaving for work between midnight and 5:30 a.m. Warren County boasted the highest number of early risers — 8.4 percent of people there leave before 5:30 a.m., followed closely by Sussex County at 8.3 percent.

North Jersey residents told the Census Bureau that their commutes to work take, on average, just under a half-hour, according to data from the American Community Survey from 2005-07.

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Rush hour traffic on Route 46 East in Fort Lee.

Bergen County residents reported a mean travel time of 28.8 minutes, while Passaic County residents traveled 26.1 minutes every day, the data show.

Those who live in Hackensack and Paterson, the biggest cities in Bergen and Passaic counties, respectively, were more likely to take public transportation than in the county as a whole. In Hackensack, 21.5 percent of workers took public transportation compared to 12.6 percent of all Bergen County residents. Slightly more than 13 percent of Paterson residents used public transportation to get to work, compared to 9 percent of all Passaic County residents.

Compared to more rural counties, Bergen and Passaic residents also sleep later. According to the census data, 3.7 percent of Bergen residents and 5.4 percent of Passaic residents report leaving for work between midnight and 5:30 a.m. Warren County boasted the highest number of early risers — 8.4 percent of people there leave before 5:30 a.m., followed closely by Sussex County at 8.3 percent.

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