May 19, 2011 10:25
A recent survey on transportation usage reveals that over half of primary school students in the country head to crammers after school, and the number of cars in the country jumped by 68 percent compared to a decade ago.
The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs on Wednesday released the results of the survey, which was carried out by the Korea Transport Institute between May 2010 and April this year.
According to the survey, 57 percent of primary school students nationwide go to crammers after school, mostly between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. by walking or hopping in vans run by crammers.
Most city dwellers leave home for work at 7 a.m., except some 17 percent who leave before that. Around 24 percent in the southeastern city of Ulsan commute before 7 a.m., making it the city with the most early birds.
Housewives hit the streets mostly between 10 a.m. and noon, usually for shopping, leisure activities and socializing.
Night-owls, or people active between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m., make up just 0.4 percent of the population. But among teenagers who go to crammers, some 20 percent usually get back home between these hours.
Meanwhile, the number of registered cars in the country soared from 8.08 million in 2000 to 13.63 million in 2010, but the number per household went up just slightly from 0.56 cars in 2000 to 0.8 in 2010. This seems to be due to an increase in single-person households, which jumped from 14.5 million to 17.15 million over the period.
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