Commute Trends

  1. Mode Split
  2. Travel Time
  3. Time Leaving for Work
  4. Outbound Commutes
Source U.S. Bureau of the Census, American Community Survey
Data Table 5-03: Commute Trends
Explanation Mode SplitMost commute trips are in a single-occupancy vehicle  (78%). Carpooling is the most common alternative (11%), followed by walking or biking (4%) and transit (2%).

Travel Time—Over the last twenty plus years, Thurston County residents have been traveling longer to get to work. In 1990, 46% of residents who commuted to work traveled 20 minutes or more; between 2010 and 2014, this number increased to 54% of the commute trips.

The bulk of the increase in commute lengths has occurred in trips that last over 30 minutes. Commutes longer than 30 minutes increased from 23% of the trips in 1990 to 31% of the total trips in the period between 2010 and 2014.

Outbound CommutersInbound commuting also grew between 1990 and 2006-2010. In 1990, roughly 9,700 inbound commuters traveled to Thurston County for work. Over the last twenty plus years, this number has more than doubled to almost 20,000 individuals.
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