The same old grind: Driving to work

COMMUTER TRENDS STAGNATE IN THE U.S. AND TREASURE VALLEY

STATESMAN STAFFNovember 25, 2013 

Treasure Valley commuters are mostly loners. Among Valley workers age 16 and older, 79.3 percent drive to work alone, according to the 2012 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Nationally, 76.3 percent drive alone.

Treasure Valley and Idaho statistics more or less align with national averages that have mostly remained flat since 2005.

Hardly any of us ride the bus. Fewer than 1 percent of commuters take public transportation in the Valley and Idaho, compared with 5 percent nationwide.

About 10 percent of workers carpool in all three populations.

By the numbers

20 minutes: Average Ada County resident’s commute

23.2 minutes: Average Canyon County resident’s commute

25.5 minutes: Average commute in the U.S.

8.1 percent of Americans had hour-plus commutes

0.4 percent of Idahoans had hour-plus commutes, fourth-lowest in the U.S.

On a percentage basis, 2.4 times more Boiseans take a taxi,motorcycle or bicycle to work than the national average.

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