The share of workers who commute to work in private vehicles rose from 64% in 1960 to a high of 87.9% in 2000, but dropped slightly to 86.4% in 2010. The number of people who worked at home continued gaining in share in 2010 to 4.1%. However this number is still less than that reported in 1960.

Share of Commuters by Travel Type, 1960-2010


Supporting Information

Share of Commuters by Travel Type, 1960-2010
Travel Type196019701980199020002010
Private vehicle64.0%77.7%84.1%86.5%87.9%86.4%
Public Transportation12.1%8.9%6.4%5.3%4.7%5.1%
Other Means6.8%2.5%1.6%1.3%1.2%1.6%
Worked at Home7.2%3.5%2.3%3.0%3.3%4.1%
1980-1990 data – Provided by the Journey-to-Work and Migration Statistics Branch, Population Division, U.S. Bureau of the Census.
2000 data – U.S. Bureau of the Census, Journey to Work: 2000, Tables 1 and 2, 1990-2000, March 2004.
2010 data – U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2010 American Community Survey, Tables B08301 and S0802.
(Additional resources: U.S. Bureau of the Census)

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