More Boston commuters are younger, use public transportation or walk to work.
Commuting to work is standard operating procedure for millions of Americans. It is a practice that is seeing multiple changes, either from an expansion of public transportation or an increase in workers who telecommute, which means to work from home.
The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, in conjunction with the University of Michigan Sustainable Worldwide Transportation, studied results from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey to determine who is commuting these days, and how they are traveling to work.
“The aim of this study was to provide a broad overview of commuting by workers 16 years of age and older in the 30 largest U.S. cities by highlighting the following aspects of commuting: who, how, home time consuming, and when,’’ said research professor Michael Sivak, the report author.
Among the key discoveries made in examining the census data:
The youngest commuters are in Boston, with a median age of 34.4 years, while the oldest group was in Louisville, with a median age of 41.7 years.
Louisville also had the most commuters driving alone, with 82.9 percent driving solo to work. New York, which is the host to the most commuters using public transportation, had only 21.4 percent of its commuters going to work by themselves. New York reports 56.7 percent of its commuters using public transportation. (Oklahoma City had only 0.7 percent of its commuters using public transit).
New York is also noteworthy because 46 percent of its commuters have no car available to use.
Telecommuting is not as widespread as one might think among 40-hour workweek workers. Austin and Portland, Ore., had the highest percentage of workers telecommuting full-time, and that was at 7.1 percent. Only 2.1 percent of workers in Memphis telecommuted for a full-time job.
Boston reports that 14.5 percent of its full-time workers get to work by walking. In Portland, 5.9 percent get to work on their bicycle.
In terms of travel time, the average commute in New York is 39.7 minutes, while it is only 20.7 minutes in Oklahoma City.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.