For this week’s "By the Numbers," we take a spin off of a U.S. Census press release from yesterday that highlights how Americans commute to work. The Census found:
“Driving to work was the favored means of commute of nearly nine out of 10 workers (87.7 percent), with most people (77 percent) driving alone. In contrast, 4.7 percent of commuters used public transportation to travel to work in 2005, an increase of about 0.1 percent over 2000 levels.”
In the press release, the Census also presents interesting data about which U.S. cities had the highest percentage workers taking public transportation, biking and walking to work and telecommuters. The Census used the principle city as the unit of measurement.
You can see the full Census press release and download principle city results here.
To compliment the work of the Census, we decided to look at which METRO REGIONS had the highest percentage of workers taking public transportation, biking, and walking to work and telecommuters.
Here are the top three metro regions for each:
Public Transportation: Top 3 Metros
1. New York, NY - 29.7% (of workers)
2. San Francisco, CA - 13.7%
3. Washington, DC - 13.2%
Biking to Work: Top 3 Metros
1. Eugene, OR - 4.7%
2. Iowa City, IA - 2.9%
3. Santa Barbara, CA - 2.5%
Walking to Work: Top 3 Metros
1. Iowa City, IA - 5.9%
2. New York, NY - 5.7%
3. Madison, WI - 4.5%
Telecommuting: Top 3 Metros
1. Santa Cruz, CA - 8.4%
2. Hilo, HI - 8.3%
3. Santa Fe, NM - 6.5%
You can download the top 10 metros for each here. Download CCG_MetroCommuting.pdf
posted by: Steven