The vast majority of Americans choose not to carpool, ride a bike or take public transit when they go to work, according to data published in a new report released by the Census Bureau.
In 2013, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, 142,962,000 Americans worked. Of these, 76.4 percent drove alone to work in a car, truck or van. Another 9.4 percent carpooled in a car, truck or van. Only 5.2 percent took public transportation, while 4.4 percent worked at home.
2.8 percent walked to work, and only 0.6 percent rode a bicycle. Another 1.3 percent took some other means to work.
From 1960 to 2000, driving to work was on an upward trend in the United States. In 1960, according to the Census, 64.0 of American workers drove to work. By 1970, that had increased to 77.7 percent. By 1980, it was up to 84.1 percent, and by 1990, it was at 86.5 percent. It hit a peak of 87.9 percent in 2000, and by 2006, had dropped to 86.8 percent.