Tidbit Tuesday — How long does it take for Philadelphia to get to work?

Every Tuesday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities (MOTU) posts a map or graphic that tells a story about transportation or utilities in the City of Brotherly Love.  This week we will be exploring how long it takes Philadelphians in different parts of the city to travel to work.


A couple weeks ago we took a look at the newly released transportation related Census Data.  We found that according to the US Census, Philadelphians spend 31.5 minutes traveling to work, above the national average of 25.5 minutes.  We then mapped out the average commute time, aggregated and averaged from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey to find which parts of the city had higher and lower average commute times.  Keep in mind that these commute times take into account all modes except for those currently working from home.  How long does it take you to get to work?


New Census Data Describes How Philadelphia Commutes

The US Census recently released new data around transportation and how people commute to and from work.  The Philadelphia Inquirer looked at this newly released census data and found that approximately 253,000 people commute into Philadelphia everyday!  The Philadelphia Inquirer article also describes that 147,000 Philadelphians commute out to the suburbs.  This means that 106,000 more commuters are coming into Philadelphia than leaving.

The Census also released the following graphic to further describe the transportation story here in Philadelphia:


The United Census Census Bureau’s graphic about how Philadelphia commutes — http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/cb13-r20.html

This data highlights that Philadelphians have a 24% longer commute than the national average, with the average Philadelphians traveling 31.1 minutes.

This data also highlights that Philadelphians are much more likely to travel by a variety of modes.  76.4% of the nation commutes to work by driving alone, only 50% of Philadelphians drove alone.  In addition to this, Philadelphians are much more likely to commut to work by public transportation and bicycle than the national average.  In fact, Philadelphians are 5x more likely to commute by public transportation and 2x more likely to commute by bicycle than the average worker in the US!

Curious about how different parts of Philadelphia commute to work?  Check out our most recent Tidbit Tuesday Series on the topic by looking at the following blog posts:

  1. Who commutes to work by car? — http://ph.ly/car
  2. Who commutes to work by public transit? — http://ph.ly/publictransit
  3. Who commutes to work by walking and biking? — http://ph.ly/pedbike
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