Factors Affecting Commute Times in the 1990s

Status:  Complete
Report Date:  01/01/2007


The average length of time it took Minnesota workers to commute to work increased about 2.5 minutes during the 1990s, a larger-than-normal increase. Unidentified factors other than urban sprawl and traffic congestion were thought to be creating a significant shift in commuter behavior. A detailed statistical analysis showed little correlation between economic factors and commute times, and that some of the increase was due to a change in methodology in the 2000 census.

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