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How long is your drive to work? Explore Georgia commute times

The head of the U.S. Census Bureau will be in Atlanta on Wednesday to talk with local leaders about a topic you might not normally associate with the federal agency -- commuting.

The Census holds a treasure trove of demographic information on race and ethnicity, homeownership, health insurance coverage and more.

When it comes to commuting, the Census looks at how many people bike or walk to work, how long they spend in their cars commuting, who uses public transit and other data.

Looking at a map of commute times, not surprisingly, commuters in metro Atlanta counties have longer drive times than the rest of Georgia. The average commute time in DeKalb County, Gwinnett County and Cobb County all hover around 30 minutes -- although obviously many people have longer drives. Fulton County's average commute time is 27 minutes, Census data shows.


Census Bureau Director John Thompson will meet with members of the Atlanta Regional Commission and local transportation officials to discuss how this data could help inform decisions about metro Atlanta's commuting and transportation needs.

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