WASHINGTON, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — King County, Wash., has among the highest number of commuters coming from another county in the nation, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today in new estimates released from the American Community Survey. Nationally, 27.4 percent of workers commute outside the county where they live.
Among workers in King County, 240,245 live outside the county, according to 2006-2010 estimates from the American Community Survey. For example, 116,232 workers commute in from Snohomish County, 84,697 from Pierce County and 12,123 from Kitsap County.
Meanwhile, 74,605 residents of King County leave the county for work, with 35,926 going to Snohomish County, 25,047 to Pierce County and 2,049 to Thurston County.
“It is well known that King County draws a lot of commuters to work. The detailed information in the American Community Survey tells us where King County workers are coming from, where its residents work, and how its commuting patterns compare to those of other large counties,” said Brian McKenzie , a Census Bureau statistician who studies commuting. “This information shapes our understanding of the boundaries of local and regional economies, as people and goods move across the nation’s transportation networks.”
The American Community Survey also provides annual estimates about how commuters in King County travel to work and how long it takes them to get there.
Means of Transportation
In 2011, 67.0 percent of workers in King County drove to work alone, compared with 76.4 percent nationally.
Meanwhile, 10.0 percent of King County workers carpooled in 2011, while 9.7 percent in the nation carpooled to work. The percentages were not significantly different from one another.
In 2011, 10.3 percent of all workers in King County used public transportation — excluding taxicab — to get to their job, compared with 5.0 percent in the nation as a whole. The county’s public transportation rate was not significantly different from the percent that carpooled.
About 1.5 percent of all workers in the county biked to work in 2011, compared with 0.6 percent nationally.
Travel Time to Work
In 2011, the average one-way commute to work for people living in King County was 26.5 minutes. The average commute nationally was 25.5 minutes.
About 6.6 percent of all workers had a commute of 60 minutes or more in 2011, compared with 8.1 percent in the nation as a whole.