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Seattle Times news librarian Gene Balk crunches the numbers

April 3, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Green commuting: How does your neighborhood stack up?

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How green are Seattle commuters?  The answer depends on the neighborhood.

On average, about 47 percent of Seattle residents embrace an alternative to drive-alone commuting, such as public transit, walking, carpooling, working from home or cycling.  But from neighborhood to neighborhood, that figure varies dramatically.

In three centrally located Seattle neighborhoods — Downtown, First Hill, and the Chinatown International District — more than 75 percent of the residents green commute to their jobs.  The University District is just slightly behind.  Those percentages are on par with New York City, which has the highest rate of green commuting of any big U.S. city.

Other Seattle neighborhoods, however, are at the opposite end of the spectrum.  In bottom-ranked west Magnolia, only about a quarter of residents get to work in something other than a single-occupancy vehicle.  That’s about the same rate as the national average.  Not so green.

How does your neighborhood stack up?  You can find out on the interactive map below, which was created using 2012 estimates from data provider Experian.  Just roll your mouse over the circle to see the percentage of green commuters in each Seattle neighborhood:
[do action=”custom_iframe” url=”http://seattletimes.com/components/image-maps/bike_map_solodrivers.html” width=”630″ height=”1150″] [/do]Source: Experian

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