Commute to Work and Class of Worker

Two indicators from the American Community Survey (ACS) 2006-2008 Estimates are now available in HealthLandscape.

The data on means of transportation to work refer to the principal mode of travel or type of conveyance that the worker usually used to get from home to work during the reference week. People who used different means of transportation on different days of the week were asked to specify the one they used most often, that is, the greatest number of days. People who used more than one means of transportation to get to work each day were asked to report the one used for the longest distance during the work trip. The category “Car, Truck or Van” includes workers using a car (including company cars, but excluding taxicabs), a truck of one-ton capacity or less, or a van. The category “Public Transportation” includes workers who used a bus or trolley bus, streetcar or trolley car, subway or elevated, railroad, or ferryboat, even if each mode is not shown separately in the tabulation. The category “Other Means” includes workers who used a mode of travel that is not identified separately within the data distribution.

Figure 1. Mean Travel Time to Work

Figure 2. Percent Using Public Transportation

The ACS Estimates on class of worker categorizes people according to the type of ownership of the employing organization. For employed people, the data refer to the person’s job during the previous week. For those who worked two or more jobs, the data refer to the job where the person worked the greatest number of hours. For unemployed people, the data refer to their last job. Respondents provided the data for the tabulations by writing on the questionnaires descriptions of their kind of business or industry and the kind of work or occupation they are doing.

Figure 3. Percent Private Wage and Salary Workers

For more information on these indicators, see American Community Survey and 2008 Subject Definitions.

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