County Commuters Rack Up Miles In Traffic

By City News Service

Nearly 12 percent of workers in Los Angeles County had a commute of an hour or more in 2011, while 72.3 percent drove to work alone, according to statistics released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

According to the bureau, Los Angeles County also has among the highest numbers nationally of commuters who live outside the county.

Citing statistics from 2006-10, the Census Bureau reported that 471,345 commuters drive into Los Angeles County from elsewhere. According to the report, 178,681 workers commute into Los Angeles County from Orange County, while 126,642 come from San Bernardino County and 66,832 come from Ventura County.

At the same time, however, 335,676 people who live in Los Angeles County drive to work in other counties, according to the report.

“This information shapes our understanding of the boundaries of local and regional economies, as people and goods move across the nation’s transportation networks,” according to Brian McKenzie, a Census Bureau statistic.

According to the bureau, 11.9 percent of county commuters had a drive of 60 minutes or more, compared to 8.1 percent nationally. The average commute time for Los Angeles County residents in 2011 was 29.4 minutes, above the national average of 25.5 minutes.

Also in 2011, 72.3 percent of Los Angeles County commuters drove to work alone, compared to 76.4 percent nationally. According to the report, 10.5 percent of workers carpooled in 2011, up from 9.7 percent nationally, while 7.3 percent used public transportation, above the national average of 5 percent.

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