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Getting to Work in the City

The following table shows the commuting characteristics of people living in the 15 largest U.S. cities by population, as of 2000. Modes of transportation include driving alone, carpooling, using public transportation, and walking. Data includes average travel time and the number of workers in each city.

2000
rank
City of residence Total
workers
16 years
and over
Means of transportation (%) Worked
at home
Average
travel time
to work
(min.)
Drove
alone
Carpool Public
transit
Walked Other
means
1. New York, N.Y. 3,332,698 24.1% 6.4% 56.3% 9.3% 1.4% 2.5% 39.0
2. Los Angeles, Calif. 1,592,463 67.1 14.9 9.5 2.9 1.6 4.0 28.1
3. Chicago, Ill. 1,252,949 50.5 12.8 27.6 5.6 0.9 2.5 33.1
4. Houston, Tex. 919,762 72.9 14.7 6.0 2.6 1.2 2.6 25.9
5. Philadelphia, Pa. 587,156 47.6 10.4 28.0 10.4 1.7 1.9 29.2
6. Phoenix, Ariz. 589,860 71.9 17.0 3.6 1.9 2.5 3.2 24.7
7. San Diego, Calif. 579,615 78.5 10.4 4.6 2.3 1.2 2.9 22.6
8. Dallas, Tex. 560,913 73.4 14.5 5.1 2.2 2.3 2.5 25.2
9. San Antonio, Tex. 490,076 78.7 13.9 3.6 1.6 0.9 1.4 21.5
10. Detroit, Mich. 317,179 76.4 12.8 6.2 2.3 1.2 1.0 24.2
11. San Jose, Calif. 450,093 73.0 16.9 4.9 1.7 0.8 2.7 26.4
12. Indianapolis, Ind. 407,377 81.9 10.2 2.2 2.5 1.5 1.7 21.6
13. San Francisco, Calif. 419,601 41.1 9.3 32.1 8.8 3.9 4.8 29.6
14. Jacksonville, Fla. 350,797 81.9 11.4 1.9 1.5 1.5 1.8 22.6
15. Columbus, Ohio 353,192 82.5 9.3 3.0 2.0 0.7 2.5 20.7
  Total for U.S. 127,448,586 76.3 11.2 5.2 2.7 1.4 3.2 24.3
NOTES: Percentages may not add up to 100%, due to rounding.
Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census. Web: www.census.gov/ .

Information Please® Database, © 2007 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

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