Commuting Statistics and the Impact of Baby Boomers and Immigrants

images.jpgThe Transportation Research Board of the National Academies released an in-depth analysis of recent commuting trends. The study discusses aging baby boomers, immigrants and the impact that they will have on commuting. If you live in a large city commuting most likely effects your work and personal life. Here are some interesting statistics from the article:

  • The number of new solo drivers grew by almost 13 million in the 1990s.
  • The number of workers with commutes lasting more than 60 minutes grew by almost 50 percent  between 1990 and 2000.
  • Men make up the majority of early-morning commuters, from midnight to 7:30 a.m. Women tend to  commute later and make up the majority of commuters after around 7:30 a.m.
  • The number of Americans who commute from the city to the suburbs exceeds the number of those commuting from suburbs to the city and accounts for 9 percent of commuting activity.
  • From 1990 to 2000, the number of Americans commuting from the city to the suburbs increased by 20 percent.
  • While the population over age 65 grew by only 12 percent from 1990 to 2000, workers over 65 increased by 21 percent.
  • 30 million vehicles were added to households from 1990 to 2000, and 13 million of those were added to households that already had two or more vehicles.

Read the full study:

Commuting in America III. [Transportation Research Board]

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