When does your Connecticut town leave for work?

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’Twas the hours before 5 a.m., when all through the state, people leave home at such a slow rate. Just 3 percent of residents have trudged off to work; early risers they are, and the peace is a perk. But near Canterbury and some bordering places, the rates of commuters is larger by traces.

When 5 a.m. comes, more people near borders start their commute away from the corners. It’s still a small number, maybe 5 or 6 percent, but data shows that their commute is quite a torment.

In most towns near the I–91 corridor, the people are sleeping far from the border. Even by 6 the commuters are few, while in Preston and Ledyard, the data they skew.

From 6 to 6:30, the commuters are plenty — in some towns, like Hartland, the percent is near 20. But still in the heart of the Constitution State, New Haven to Hartford has such a low rate.

It’s not until 7 that the commute’s in full swing; the I–91 corridor is on the upswing. Fairfield County was quiet ’til now; a longer commute they also allow.

From 7:30 to 8, the western part of the state gets in their cars, or some travel with freight. This trend continues until 9 o’clock hits, when travel dies down and what’s left is the bits.

Nine until noon is for cities and colleges; late risers they are, the data acknowledges.

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More analysis
  • Nearly a third of residents in some towns leave work before 6:30 a.m. These towns are generally rural and further away from big cities, which hints that these commuters may be going to business centers in more densely populated areas of the states.
  • Between 7 and 7:30 a.m. appears to be the most popular time for people to leave for work. People in Fairfield County, Greater New Haven (excluding New Haven itself) and a halo of towns around Hartford favor this time period.
  • After 7:30, commuting in the eastern part of the state dies down substantially.
  • Most towns appear to have two high times for starting a commute: between 7 and 7:30 and between 8 and 8:30. Not many people report that they leave for work between 8:30 and 9.
  • Mansfield, home to the University of Connecticut, is probably the biggest outlier. Half its residents leave for work between 9 a.m. and noon.

Data for this story is from the 2013 American Community Survey, five-year estimates. This counts daily, year-round commuters, but it does not necessarily count all other workers.

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