U.S. Transportation and Commute Statistics

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The American Community Survey (ACS), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, publishes detailed estimates on commuters' means of transportation to work. This data is limited to workers 16 years and older, and is collected based on the workers' residences rather than the locations of their jobs.

Unlike the Census—which is an exact count of people and households every ten years—ACS statistics are estimated based on a representative survey sample. 

How do Americans commute to work? 

Note: Use the time-slider beneath the chart to see data for other years.

How many commuters carpool, and how many drive alone? 

How do non-drivers commute to work?

After driving to work, one of the most common way Americans commute is public transportation via buses, trains, and ferries. 

Public transportation is second only to working from home. In 2011, 5.9 million Americans worked from home. By 2017, that number had increased significantly to 7.9 million. 


Among Public Transportation Commuters: