Iowa Commuting Patterns, 2000

(2000) Iowa Commuting Patterns, 2000. Iowa Workforce Development


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A century ago, the majority of workers were employed near their homes—on farms or in cities and towns. As industrialization increased and suburbs surrounded central cities, commuting meant going from homes in suburbs to jobs in cities. Today, there is a growing trend of workers commuting between suburbs. On any given day, 61,775 workers commute to jobs in Iowa counties other than the one in which they live. The most important reason for increased commuting has been employment growth. Rising incomes and the growth of suburbs have also been factors. In the past, the increased employment of women added to the number of commuters. Commuting patterns are a key consideration in transportation planning. In more urban states than Iowa, there is concern that the use of mass transit continues to decline. In Iowa, where so much of our commuting is between counties, private vehicles are often the only practical means of getting to and from work. On any given day, 1,155,008 single-occupancy vehicles are driven to and from jobs somewhere in Iowa. At the same time, an additional158,699 workers share rides by participating in carpools.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: IWD, Communting, Traffic, Mass Transit, Carpool
Subjects: Transportation > Mass transit
Business and industry > Employment > Workfare
Transportation > Automobiles
ID Code: 2493
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 17 May 2005
Last Modified: 17 May 2005