U.S. Work Transportation Map

Map by Siddharth Khurana/Datawrapper

This map of the United States shows the most common transportation method for workers in each American county in the year 2019.

What Is The Most Commonly Used Work Transportation In The United States?

In 2019, personal vehicles were the most common mode of transportation in the United States. More than one-third of survey respondents said they drive their own vehicles to work.

In second place was carpooling, with 8.9%. Meanwhile, 5.7% of workers surveyed said they work from home, and are in third place in the poll.

In 2021, though, those who work from home increased significantly to 17.9%, due to the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that started in the previous year.

Workers who use their own vehicles still topped the latest survey, although it has decreased to 67.8%. 

All other modes of transportation listed in the same poll that year also lowered in number.

How Do Workers Of Each U.S. County Go To Work?

In the map, which uses the 2019 data, virtually all U.S. counties show that most of their workers use their own cars and other vehicles on the way to their workplaces (depicted in green).

Upon taking a closer look, there are a few counties in the mainland U.S. that have workers take public transportation the most (marked in orange). 

These are located in New York, New Jersey, and Maryland on the East Coast. The map’s maker, Siddharth Khurana, has also shared that on the West Coast, many workers in San Francisco county in California also use public transport.

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In the state of Alaska, on the other hand, walking (marked in red) is the popular way to get to work in most of its boroughs. 

Employees in a few Alaskan boroughs do drive their way to work. In the Kusilvak census area, most people use taxis, motorbikes, and other means of transportation (marked in blue).

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