Number of the Day: 8,286

September 3, 2013 | Number of The Day
Average number of miles travelled per New Jerseyan

The average number of miles travelled per capita in New Jersey was 8,286 in 2011, according to the Federal Highway Administration. That represents a slight dip (481 miles) from 2007, which was the peak year for miles travelled in New Jersey.

A report from the U.S. Public Interest Group Education Fund suggests that after a driving boom of sixty years, Americans since 2004 have decreased their driving per capita for eight years in a row. However, the report does not draw a conclusion about whether the tailing off is due to a temporary economic recession or whether it is a permanent trend, due to fewer drivers among youth, higher gas prices, the trend toward working from home, and demographic shifts toward a more urban population.

New Jersey, along with states such as New York, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Washington, had among the lowest per-capita miles travelled. Surprisingly, the state with the very lowest distance (followed by New York) was Alaska, with 6,355 miles travelled in 2011.