Three micros are close behind with solo-commuting rates between 88 and 89 percent: Summerville, Ga., Dyersburg, Tenn., and Defiance, Ohio.
Three-quarters of all American workers drive by themselves to their places of employment. Here’s the national breakdown from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 American Community Survey:
- Drive alone in car, truck or van, 76.0 percent
- Carpool, 10.4 percent
- Public transit, 4.9 percent
- Work at home, 4.1 percent
- Walk, 2.8 percent
- Other means (taxi, motorcycle, bicycle, boat, etc.), 1.7 percent
This figures merely confirm a trend that has been evident ever since the Census Bureau began tabulating statistics on commuting in 1960. “The private automobile’s dominance among travel modes used for the commute represents a long-standing pattern,” concluded a bureau report in 2009.
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The major market with the strongest concentration of solo commuters is — fittingly enough — the nation’s auto capital, Detroit. Here are the top 10 major markets:
- Detroit, 84.62%
- Birmingham, 83.58%
- Indianapolis, 83.44%
- Kansas City, 83.04%
- Columbus, 82.58%
- Memphis, 82.56%
- Louisville, 82.48%
- St. Louis, 82.33%
- Cincinnati, 82.31%
- Oklahoma City, 82.20%
At least half of the workers in every metro and micro drive alone to work. The nation’s lowest proportion is 50.4 percent in the New York City area.
SOLO COMMUTERS IN METRO AND MICRO AREAS (2010)