REVEALED: How much Americans spend a year on their commute: Map shows how residents of North Dakota fork out more than $5,000 while those in West Virginia pay just $2,000

Americans are spending as much as $5,000 on their daily commutes every year, a new data map has revealed.
The stats were compiled using government data and firm HowMuch.net added together the cost of gas, maintenance, public transportation, and other expenses.
However, the annual cost of commuting varies widely depending on which state you live in. 
North Dakota had the most expensive commute, costing on average $5,059.113.
On the other end of the scale, West Virginia had the cheapest, with people spending $2,003.812 on their annual commute.  
This map reveals the annual cost of commuting for Americans in every state in the country
This map reveals the annual cost of commuting for Americans in every state in the country
The other four most expensive states for annual commutes are Wyoming at $4,393.43, New York at $3,710.714, Minnesota at $3,660.545 and Michigan at $3,631.39.
The four cheapest after West Virginia are Mississippi at $2,141.443, Alabama at $2,178.24, Kentucky at $2,200.035 and Tennessee at $2,222.31. 
While the type of transportation is a major factor in the overall cost of commuting, other factors such as commute time were major contributors.  
Washington, D.C., for example, has the largest number of workers who choose environmentally-friendly transportation options but is still ranked 33rd in transportation spending. 
A reason for this is because DC has the second-longest commute time in the country.  
New York is a similar story as, despite nearly 47 per cent of residents choosing environmentally-friendly transportation, it has the third-highest average commute cost. 
The data has revealed the average annual cost of commuting for Americans in every state (stock photo)
The data has revealed the average annual cost of commuting for Americans in every state (stock photo)
The cost of gas, maintenance, public transportation, and other expenses were added together (stock photo)
The cost of gas, maintenance, public transportation, and other expenses were added together (stock photo)
This is likely due to the city having the longest average commute in the US. 
Environmentally-friendly methods allow commuters to reduce costs per-person by spreading out the cost of each ride to multiple people. 
HowMuch.net used data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and U.S. Census Bureau, which demonstrates how much adults spend on transportation in all 50 states, as well as Washington, D.C. 
REVEALED: How much Americans spend a year on their commute: Map shows how residents of North Dakota fork out more than $5,000 while those in West Virginia pay just $2,000 REVEALED: How much Americans spend a year on their commute: Map shows how residents of North Dakota fork out more than $5,000 while those in West Virginia pay just $2,000 Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 10:19 Rating: 5

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