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240,000 Workers Commute into King County Each Day

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.

Seattle Traffic Sucks

Shot from my commute this morning

I had a labor/management meeting at the Fire Department this morning, it wrapped up around 8am, allowing me plenty of time to make my 11:00am meeting at Nucor Steel in West Seattle. Or so I thought.

The route takes me through Everett, Lynnwood, downtown Seattle and then to the West Seattle area. Total distance: 50.2 miles. My time behind the wheel this morning- almost two and a half hours! I’ve done this same route, during the same time, on a weekday and have had it take an hour and ten minutes.

There was not a single accident, disabled vehicle, radar enforcement, or other issue that can cause these epic slow commutes. It was just a ton of people sitting in traffic. Who knows how many flights were missed, job interviews that never happened.. traffic in Seattle is just horrible anymore, and it has become impossible to predict when it’s going to be total disaster like today.

Amazon.com headquarters at night

After the autoshow I ran up to Beacon Hill to grab some shots of Amazon.com’s headquarters, located in the former Marine Hospital built in 1932. I love the Art Deco style of this building, it looked great as night was falling. I made it black and white- it seems appropriate for this structure. Timeless design.


Ford taurus event today in Seattle.

Spent a couple hours in Seattle today checking out the new Ford Taurus

I was pretty excited about the new SHO. I owned the last generation SHO, a black 1999 that I really loved. The original SHO was a bit rough around the edges, the Yamaha designed V-6 was a high winding engine, but the car was not something you would put against a 5 Series for design/build quality. The third generation SHO was more refined, and the V8 gave the car a lot of character. But that was a decade ago, I was interested in what ten years of progress would do to this car.

Taurus SHO

My first impression was that it seems “large”, it has a muscular, agile look to it. The grill, side vents and various chrome detailing set off the black demo unit nicely. The build quality is very solid. The trim, finish gaps on all panels and the details look and felt of good quality.

There was a fairly good turnout for the event, despite the rain. Ford had several reps there to discuss the features of the Taurus, and let those who were interested take the cars out for a quick test drive.


The CEO of Ford, Alan Mulally was here for the event, he was taking questions live, as well as on twitter. It was pretty cool watching him interact with those asking questions from the internet. I was able to chat with him very briefly, asking him his thoughts on a Lincoln Hybrid (not sure he sees a market there).




Those who were interested and filled out the paperwork were given the keys and able to take one for a spin.  I was very impressed with the solid interior design, well thought out control placements. The navigation/sync seems to work well. The voice commands work as good as anything I have seen. The dual turbochargers of the Ford Ecoboost provide both low-end and mid-range acceleration- the concept is much like the latest Powerstroke- a small turbo provides the low end pick up- while the bigger turbo spools up a bit slower, however, it provides the solid mid-range pull once the small turbo peaks.

The paddle shifters worked well on my short drive, I did not get enough time to get a lot of shifts in, but it should be a lot of fun on backroads.

I’d love to get some more time in the SHO to really get a feel for it. But the initial impression is this is true high performance sedan, Ford has not forgotten the enthusiasts with this model.

The highlight for me was meeting Alan Mulally, he is genuinely a good guy and easy to talk with.

Photo credit(s) Nicole Gillam