Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Commuting Times on Google Maps

If you enter your zip code into the Commute Map you can view a mapped visualization of where people in your area commute to for work. You can also use the map to compare the length and time of your daily journey to work with the average commuter journeys of your neighbors.

The red circles on the map show the center of each zip code area. The size of the circle indicates the number of people who travel to or from the area. The blue lines on the map show the possible route that commuters take to drive to work.

If you click on the red circles you can view the percentage of people who commute from your entered zip code area to the zip code area represented by the circular marker. You can also view details about how far the commute journey is, how long it is likely to take and how that compares to the average commute journey length and time from your zip code area.

The maps uses data from the 2000 Census showing where people live and work.  The routes and journey times are estimates derived from the Google Maps API driving directions service.

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