Urban Commuting: Top 5 Metros For Public Transit (And Maps!)

Curious about how your daily commute compares to other urbanites’? So were we. So we delved into the Census’ 5-year ACS data to show you how and by what mode of transport folks in urban metros are getting to work. 
We’ll be pitting metro against metro in a weekly five-part urban commuting series to see which ones have the highest percentage of commuters taking public transit, driving, walking and biking.

In the latest installment of the Urban Commuting Series we take a look at those riding public transit. No matter which transit system you claim as your own (BART, MBTA, NYC Subway, Metro, PortAuthority) we’ve listed the metro areas with the highest percentage of people who commute by public transit.  Check out each of the top 5 metro area maps and explore the percentage of public transit takers by zip code.

Top 5 Metros for Public Transit Commuting

1. New York, NY – 27.26% commute by public transit


2. Washington DC – 15.33% commute by public transit


3. Boston, MA – 11.74% commute by public transit

4. Pittsburgh, PA – 9.34% commute by public transit

5. San Francisco, CA – 8.84% commute by public transit


Remaining top 10 List 

6. Portland, OR (8%)

7. Seattle, WA (7.75%)

8. Chicago, IL  (7.32%)

9. Baltimore, MD (5.33%)

10. St. Louis, MO  (4.86%)

Added bonus 11. Los Angeles, CA – Who knew 4.82% of LA residents commute by public transit?

Next week we’ll look at the metros with the highest percentage of commuters by bike.

Photo credit: Kevin Utting