Mode Shares by Metropolitan/Micropolitan Statistical Area

Each year, the Census Bureau releases data including mode share information obtained through the American Community Survey (ACS) for the previous year. Last week, they released the 2019 data.

For your convenience, Best Workplaces for Commuters compiled the data into a document with the mode shares and average commute times for over 500 metropolitan/micropolitan statistical areas (MSAs).
According to the US Census, “Each metropolitan statistical area must have at least one urbanized area of 50,000 or more inhabitants. Each micropolitan statistical area must have at least one urban cluster of at least 10,000 but less than 50,000 population.” The modes reported are drive alone, carpool, public transportation (excluding taxi), walk, worked from home and other (includes taxi and bicycle).The compiled tables also show whether there was any statistical significant change between 2019 and each of the proceeding four years (2015 to 2018) for each mode.

An asterisk (*) indicates that the estimate is significantly different (at a 90% confidence level) than the estimate from 2019. An ‘N’ entry in the estimate and margin of error columns indicates that data for this geographic area cannot be displayed because the number of sample cases is too small.

Please note that the Census Bureau does not re-tabulate past-year estimates based on the current year’s (2019) MSA geographies; the comparison is with the existing geography of each data year. The 1-year estimates are most current but U.S. Census recommends using the 5-Year data when precision is more important than currency and for analyzing small populations.

This data may help you:
• Track trends in mode split changes over time for your metropolitan or micropolitan statistical area
• Provide benchmarking data so you “know where you stand” relative to other communities
• Set short and long term mode split goals for your program
• Provide data for marketing and community relations efforts

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