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September 20, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Census: Seattle among five cities where majority do not drive alone to work

In 2012, for the first time in decades, most Seattleites did not drive alone to work.

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Cities with highest and lowest percentage of “green” commuters in 2012 (Source: Census Bureau)

As Tom Fucoloro pointed out over at the Seattle Bike Blog, new Census Bureau data show that last year, 50.8 percent of Seattle residents found some way other than driving solo to get to work.  In 2011, the Census Bureau estimated the number at 46.4 percent.

In crossing the 50 percent threshold, Seattle joins a select group.

Among the 50 most populous U.S. cities, Seattle is now one of just five where the majority of workers take public transit, carpool, walk, bike, or have some means of commuting other than driving alone.

New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Boston are the other four cities.

At the other end of the spectrum, Wichita, Kan. had the lowest percentage of “green” commuters in 2012, at just 16 percent.

UPDATE

Among Washington cities with 60,000 or more residents, Seattle was the only one where more than 50 percent of commuters did not drive alone to work in 2012.  The chart below shows the percentage of “green” commuters for each Washington city.

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(Source: Census Bureau)

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