5 Shocking Facts About Commuting between Okotoks and Calgary


HustleCo Workspace is bringing coworking to Okotoks, and it can help your business, along with your sanity!

Getting to work first thing in the morning can be the absolute worst! Not just because it takes forever, and is stressful, but because it can actually be bad for your mental health too. One of the suggested topics on Google, when you search ‘commuting’, is titled “my commute is ruining my life.” There is a reason for that. Did you know that your commuting time, between your home and work, can negatively impact your work satisfaction, productivity, and overall mental health? Studies about the relationship between wellness and commuting time, conducted in the United States and England, has determined that the ideal one-way trip to work should be between 16 and 20 minutes. These studies have also determined that a person’s overall quality of life improves when their commute is 20 minutes or less. For many who live in one of the surrounding towns of Calgary, like Okotoks, their commute to work too often exceeds 20 minutes.

How does your commute into Calgary measure up?

Everyday, thousands of cars, from Okotoks and High River, commute to Calgary for work. Over 65% of the population of Okotoks, between the ages 15 and 64, commute to their workplace. Approximately, 60% of those workers must commute outside of Okotoks in order to get to work, or get to resources to conduct their work. There are so many factors that go into a long commute, and it is more than just picking the right playlist or audiobook to listen to for the drive. Firstly, it is long and far; secondly, there is frequently heavy traffic around rush hour; thirdly, parking at the train stations usually is impossible; lastly, and most importantly, there is snow on the ground for much of the year which make driving even more challenging. For those, who live in Okotoks, High River, or even south Calgary, simply having closer access to spaces and resources would fix your commute and productivity.

So you need to ask yourself, is Calgary worth the daily drive? Top 5 Facts about commuting from Okotoks to Calgary:

  1. 60% of the working population in Okotoks, works outside the town.
  2. Nearly 70% of the working population in Okotoks, spends between 30 to 60 minutes a day commuting to and from work.
  3. Most of the workers in Okotoks, leave home before 7:30am in order to reach work on time.
  4. Commuting from Okotoks, to Somerset, and then all the way downtown (just one direction), can take up to 60 minutes (excluding factors like weather, traffic, and parking).
  5. Approximately 4000 cars leave Okotoks every day, just to commute to work.

If you are one of the thousands who leaves Okotoks everyday for work, your personal and professional wellness could be suffering. A long commute may not be necessary, as your business could benefit from a HustleCo Workspace in the town of Okotoks. If you are a small business owner, self-employed, an entrepreneur, or a freelancer, who lives near Okotoks and is tired of commuting far for your work, coworking can help you. HustleCo Workspace, in September 2019, is opening its’ doors in Okotoks to all of those self-starters and business owners who need access to space, resources, and opportunities to network that is not far away. Commuting for all should be made as short, and as painless as possible. Your work, and mostly importantly you mental health, could be affected by how long you spend commuting to and from work; for those you live on the outskirts or outside of Calgary, long commutes are an uncomfortable norm that impacts too many. You should not be one of them!

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