Census Figures Show More People Commuting Alone

<p>Despite rising gas prices, more people are commuting to work alone, the amount of carpoolers has dropped, and no increase has been seen in the percentage of Americans who use public transit, according to recent figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.</p>
June 16, 2007, 1pm PDT | Nate Berg
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"From 2000 to 2005, the share of people driving alone to work increased slightly to 77 percent, according to a Census Bureau report Wednesday. Carpooling dropped and the share of commuters using public transportation stayed the same."

"More recent statistics - through March - show that few drivers are cutting back despite gasoline prices topping $3 a gallon."

"Midwesterners are the most prone to solo driving - half of the top 10 metro areas for driving alone to work are in Ohio."

"Carpooling is most popular in the West, driven in part by immigrants. Seven of the top 10 metro areas for carpooling are in California. Most are in the center of the state, where a lot of immigrant farm workers share rides."

"As for fuel prices, the average price of regular unleaded gasoline increased from $1.50 a gallon at the start of the decade to $2.28 a gallon in 2005, according to the American Automobile Association."

"During the same period, the share of people carpooling dropped from 12.2 percent to 10.7 percent. The nation's public transportation systems report that ridership is up, but the share of commuters using transit stayed the same at 4.7 percent, according to the Census Bureau."

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Published on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 in The Washington Post
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