Living in the vicinity of a major city has a lot of perks, but a bumper-to-bumper commute isn't one of them.
According to data released by the U.S. Census, it takes Fairfax County residents an average 31.3 minutes to get to work. In Arlington County, it's not much better — 26.5 minutes. Montgomery County residents have some of the longest commutes in the metro region, clocking in at 33.2 minutes.
If you think moving into the city might help, think again. It takes D.C. dwellers an average of 29.3 minutes to reach the office.
And for many people, this commuting time adds up to gallons and gallons of gas at the pump each week.
That's why watching gas prices approach $4 per gallon is so painful. The Associated Press reported on Thursday that the national average for a gallon of gasoline is $3.74.
Luckily, we have options. There's always, of course, the Metro, as well as a variety of hybrid vehicles on the market to choose from. Biking to work has become an attractive, affordable option, too. Carpooling may seem inconvenient, but it's definitely easier on the wallet than driving solo.
Speak Out: Does the rising price of gasoline have you re-thinking your commute? Are you considering cheaper ways to get to work? Let us know in the comments section.