Commuter Training: Who Uses Public Transportation?

While public transportation accounts for only five percent of commuting overall in America and a negligible half-percent in rural communities, it is a big contributor to the U.S. economy. For 2007, The Aspen Institute put total U.S. spending on transportation at $2.4 trillion, which at 17 percent of GDP is “approximately the same as the nation’s spending on health care.”

Of the nearly 7 million workers who relied on public transportation in 2009, about 40 percent of them were in the Metropolitan New York area.

To find where usage was greatest outside New York City, RealtyTrac® recently studied 2012 census data on U.S. zip codes with populations of at least 500. The results show three neighborhoods in which more than half of commuters are using public transportation to get to work, including a zip code in Boston with a population of more than 41,000.

Here are the ten zip codes with the highest usage of public transportation.

Zip Code City and State Population % of People who take Public Transportation to Work
68010 Boys Town, Nebraska 881 69.1%
02128 Boston, Massachusetts 41,680 52.8%
20008 Washington, D.C. 27,527 50.7%
20010 Washington, D.C. 31,139 48.8%
19139 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 43,181 47.9%
19133 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 24,615 47.6%
60613 Chicago, Illinois 49,201 47.2%
60657 Chicago, Illinois 68,280 47.0%
19140 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 54,687 46.5%
22202 Arlington, Virginia 20,265 45.7%

 

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