Thursday, September 25, 2014

Average Commute Time Worldwide

This chart was taken from this study here. In general, commute times are relatively long in Brazilian metropolitan areas, especially when their wealth/population size is taken into account.

Obs.1: If you know of data sources (preferably household surveys) with commute time information for other metropolitan areas across the globe, I would to receive a message from you.

Obs.2: If you spot a name in the chart you've never heard of, it's probably a Brazilian metropolitan area.  





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5 comments:

Unknown said...

Hopefully things will change in Sao Paulo with Haddad's policies...

Fabio Storino said...

Those numbers from PNAD seem way down for Sao Paulo.

Last mobility survey by Rede Nossa Sao Paulo (http://www.nossasaopaulo.org.br/noticias/rede-nossa-sao-paulo-e-ibope-lancam-oitava-pesquisa-sobre-mobilidade-urbana) got a 2 h 46 min average total commute time (or 1 h 23 min per trip).

I can't compare the two surveys in terms of methodology, but from personal experience I spend more than 42 min per trip, and I live comparatively close to work (two or three districts apart). I can't even begin to imagine the commute of the millions of people living in the suburbs...

Rafael H M Pereira said...

Hi Fabio. I couldn't check the methodology they used in the report you mentioned. Apparently, their website is not working. I would suspect this disparity arises because the two surveys ask slightly different questions (or the same question in different way).

The methodological procedures underlying the PNAD survey are pretty much reliable and show consistent results over time, though. The authors in the working paper also detailed in a transparent way the way they analyzed the data to make it easier for other researchers to reproduce the results.

Larry Morris said...

There are even worse average commute times:
http://www.towncharts.com/Top-500-Cities-in-the-US-for-Average-Commute-Time.html

The US list of the 500 worst average commutes.

Rafael H M Pereira said...

Thank you Larry. I couldn't find the source of the data used in this website. Do you what data they use?