For the 2017-2021 time period, most Thurston County residents drove alone to work (74%), followed by working at home (11%) and carpooling (9%) Only 2% walked or biked and 2% rode the bus. The proportion of people who worked from home increased substantially from 6% from 2012-2016 to 2017-2021.
Travel time to work for the region’s residents increased over the last 25-30 years. In 1990, 46% of residents experienced 20 minute or longer commutes. By 2017-2021, this share increased to 58%.
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 37% of the total trips for 2017-2021.
Time Leaving for Work
In 1990, approximately 62% of workers began their commute between 5 am and 8 am; this dropped to 57% of workers for 2017-2021.