As the end of the year draws near, we will be highlighting the best data maps Patch has run in 2013. It's part of our Newscruncher series, which breaks down the characteristics of your town by the numbers. If you see any technical issues with this map, or if you'd like to suggest ideas for future Newscruncher articles, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
This map shows a snapshot of the number of workers who carpooled to work across town. It's not a per capita average, but rather an estimate of the actual number of carpoolers.
The percentage of people going to work by carpooling has fallen to under 10 percent in 2012 compared to 20 percent in 1980.
Instead a majority of workers, specifically 76 percent, are driving to work alone. The number of people driving privately to work fell during the recession but as the economy recovered the share of people has been increasing.
The data are from the United States Census Bureau's 2011 American Community Survey. These values are an estimate for 2011 taking into account 60 months of collected data. You can learn more about the survey here.
Using your cursor, you can hover over any census tract – the geographic region defined by the U.S. Census – and see the actual number of carpooling workers in the box in the upper right hand corner of the map. Again, this isn't a per capita average, so you may naturally see more carpoolers in more populous areas.
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