Top US Metro Areas By Public Transit Use [CHART]

Chart: Top US Metro Areas by Public Transport Usage

About 7.5 million workers – or 5.1% of the workforce – commutes by public transportation on a typical workday, reports the Census Bureau in a recent data release highlighting results from its 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-year estimates. But in some metro areas commuting rates are far higher.

Marketing Charts downloaded and sorted the data to determine the metropolitan statistical areas in which the largest share of workers commute on a typical day, excluding the use of taxis. (The Census Bureau defines metropolitan statistical areas as ones having at least one urbanized area of 50,000 or more inhabitants.)

The top 5 metro areas were:

  • New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA: 31% of workers commuting on a typical day;
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA: 16.5%;
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV: 14%;
  • Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH: 12.9%; and
  • Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI: 11.8%.

The data also reveals the top metro “divisions” in terms of worker commute rates. Metro divisions are smaller groupings of counties or equivalent entities within a metropolitan statistical area containing a single core with a population of at least 2.5 million. Read the rest at