D.C., California: Your Commute Is Killing You

America's commute is killing us, writes Annie Lowrey. Parking our bum in the drivers seat for an hour a day is making us ...

Less Social: "Every 10 minutes spent commuting results in 10 percent fewer 'social connections.'"

More Anxious: "40 percent of employees who spend more than 90 minutes getting home from work 'experienced worry for much of the previous day.' That number falls to 28 percent for those with "negligible" commutes of 10 minutes or less."

Less Happy: "one in three workers with a 90-minute daily commute has recurrent neck or back problems."

More Obese: "Vehicle-miles traveled had a stronger correlation with obesity than any other factor" in one study.

The "America's Worst Commute" beat is well covered -- or at least, it's heavily covered. You generally find southern California and Washington, D.C., holding down top dishonors. But the best commute in the country? Both Forbes and The Street consumer expenditure study selected ... Buffalo, NY! Anybody from Buffalo out there to verify?

Read Annie's full story in Slate.

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Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, labor markets, and the entertainment business.

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