Commuting Habits Have Not Gotten Greener

Commuting habits have changed, and not for the greener. While the percent of Americans worked from home has risen to 4.2 percent in 2011 from 2.2 percent in 1981, according to NPR.org, that is significantly less than in 1960 when 7 percent did.

The reason is attributed to the number of those working on family farms a half-century ago, along with it being much more common for doctors and lawyers to work from their homes.

Also far more Americans walked to work back in the day — 9.5 percent in 1960 to 2.7 percent in 2011, which it should be noted is half that of 1981.
And yes, the use of public transportation has dipped from 11. 8 percent to 6 percent to 4.9 percent.

Commuting Habits Have Not Gotten GreenerOf course what has increased significantly is the use of private automobiles for commuting when rose from 62.7 percent to 82.3 percent to 84.4 percent.

Still environmentalists, fret not to much. These stats apply only to those who have jobs. The real unemployment figure has been estimated by some as at 23 percent, still far higher than the still too high official 7.4 percent.

Commuting Habits Have Not Gotten Greener

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