This Map Shows What Percentage of Workers Drive Alone to Their Job Throughout America

For many people the worst part of the day is driving to work. Stilling alone in a car, listening to some boring NPR interview with someone who breeds parakeets while you move at a snail's pace in terrible traffic. But is this a universal experience in the United States?

Reddit user AcademiaAdvice created a map to show what percentage of workers drive alone to their job in every county throughout the United States. The map accounts for people who work from home or don't commute for work, and then also accounts for people who carpool or take public transportation. And despite all of that, there are still a lot of people who drive alone to work. Take a look:

percentage of workers who drive alone

The darker blue indicates a larger percentage of workers who drive to their jobs alone, while the lighter bits indicate people who either carpool, work from home or take public transportation.

The biggest places for people driving alone to work appears to be in the South and the Midwest. Perhaps not super surprising, as these tend to be more rural areas so getting to work isn't as simple as hopping on a bus or a train like it would be in most major cities. 

Although it may be a little weird to see the entire western part of the United States as very light then. Are you telling me there's a lot of public transportation in central Montana to get people to their jobs? But Reddit commenters noted that people who work on farms or ranches or other agricultural jobs technically "work from home" so they wouldn't need to drive to work.

Or maybe people in the South are just complete a-holes and no one wants to drive to work with anyone else. That would explain why the entirety of Alabama is basically dark blue.

(h/t Reddit)


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