ANDERSON – On a typical weekday more than 24,000 people either drive to Madison County or leave Madison County to go to work.
The latest figures released by STATSIndiana show that 16,614 county residents commute to another Indiana county or state for employment and 8,078 people drive to Anderson and Madison County for work.
Over the past three years the trend for commuters for employment has shown a steady increase. In 2010, there were 15,746 people leaving the county for jobs and 7,693 workers coming to Madison County.
What is not surprising is that the number of county residents who travel to Marion County is the highest commuting pattern with 6,057 residents making the daily commute followed by 4,557 traveling to Hamilton County and 2,042 people going to Delaware County.
Delaware County, with 1,770 people traveling to Madison County for work, is the highest in that category followed by 1,651 from Hamilton County and 1,370 commuting from Henry County.
The average commute time in the U.S. is 25.5 minutes; from Anderson to Indianapolis the average commute time is closer to 45 minutes.
The trend for people commuting into and leaving Madison County for employment opportunities has been slowly increasing over the past three years.
“It has been the general trend since 1997,” Robert Wertman, senior transportation planner for the Madison County Council of Governments, said. “It used to be hundreds of people commuting on a daily basis, now it is the thousands.”
Wertman said one trend that has been developing in recent years is the increase in the number of people who are traveling to Madison County for work.
“People are commuting to Madison County,” he said. “That is reversing the trend in the past where people were traveling to Hamilton and Marion counties for work.”
As the Interstate 69 and Indiana 67 corridors develop, Wertman said, the trend of people commuting from and to Madison County will continue. He said people tend to forget that Indiana 9 and Indiana 109 south of Anderson connect to Interstate 70.