Means of Commute

Percentage of Workers

Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties

Mean Travel Time to Work
2006 2011 2016 2006-2016 % Change
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties 24.6 24.8 28.9 17.5%
San Francisco 29.0 29.6 33.5 15.5%
California 26.8 27.1 29.4 9.7%

Data Source:

U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey


Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Data on the means of commute to work are from the United States Census Bureau, American Community Surveys, 1-Year Estimates. Data are for workers 16 years old and over residing in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties commuting to the geographic location at which workers carried out their occupational activities during the reference week whether or not the location was inside or outside the county limits. The data on employment status and journey to work relate to the reference week; that is, the calendar week preceding the date on which the respondents completed their questionnaires or were interviewed. This week is not the same for all respondents since the interviewing was conducted over a 12-month period. The occurrence of holidays during the relative reference week could affect the data on actual hours worked during the reference week, but probably had no effect on overall measurement of employment status. 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 categories, “Drove Alone” and “Carpool” include 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 taxicab, motorcycle, and other means that are not identified separately within the data distribution.

Other Means includes taxicab, motorcycle, and other means not identified separately within the data distribution.

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