The U.S. Census Bureau released data from its 2021 American Community Survey earlier this month, including metrics that show how much work-from-home has increased since the Covid-19 pandemic.
It found, between 2019 and 2021, the number of people primarily working from home tripled from 5.7%, or about 9 million people, to 17.9%, or 27.6 million people. That’s correlated with a drop in commute time, as also found in the ACS results. The average one-way travel time to work dropped to 25.6 minutes in 2021, among the shortest times in the past decade and two minutes shorter than the average of 27.6 minutes in 2019.
The Business Journals drilled further into work-from-home data, comparing one-year estimates from the Census’ 2019 survey to that of 2021.
Geographically, some of the nation’s economic powerhouse metropolitan statistical areas are also seeing the biggest increases in work from home since the pandemic. While more people were back in the office in 2021 than the first year of the pandemic, there were many fits and starts to going back last year, thanks to case-count spikes from the Delta and Omicron variants. That means work-from-home data as reported in 2021 may not fully reflect what’s happening in 2022.
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