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Well, Duh: Census Analysis Reveals the Majority of L.A. Commuters are Drivers

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File this under Not at All Surprising: 84% of commuters in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana region drive themselves by car, truck, or van, between home and work. The data comes from an analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2009 American Community Survey, reports the Los Angeles Business. Sheesh. No wonder we wigged the eff out about Carmageddon!

Another look at the numbers by Los Angeles Business does the job of determining how many people spend how long getting between home and work:

In the LA-Long Beach-Santa Ana metro, 5,528,060 people commute to the office each day. Of those commuters, 21.15% say they drive less than 15 minutes to work; 35.09% say they drive 15 to 29 minutes to work; 24.92% say it takes 30 to 44 minutes to get to the office; and 18.84% driving for more than 45 minutes to get to work.

The rest of the region's commuters get around as follows:

  • 6.2% via public transportation
  • 0.86% via bicycle
  • 2.63% via walking
  • 1.09% via taxi, motorcycle or other means
  • 4.8% work from home
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Where in the U.S. do they drive more than in the greater L.A. area? That would be in Mobile, Alabama, where a staggering 95.4% of the population gets to work by car. You'll find the most public transit usage in the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa. area, with 30.5% of workers riding the buses and rails to get to their jobs. So who is going to move? Or get yourself moving to work in another way?