A Map Of The Different Ways People Get To Work All Over America

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How did you get to work this morning? Did you hop into your car? Venture down into your city's metro? Flag down a co-worker for a rideshare? Or did you simply open up your laptop and get to work?


Nathan Yau over at FlowingData put together this interactive map using data from the Census Bureau's 2013 American Community Survey of the different ways people all around the country get to work. Motor vehicles (in four separate categories: Driving alone, carpooling, public transport, and taxis) rule the roost. But there's also a smaller, but significant, group of non-motor vehicle methods (like walking, cycling, or working from home.)

One of the interesting things about the map is that it not only says something about how transportation works in America, it also says something about how widely places vary all over the U.S., and the different kinds of work you find there. Is there a high percentage of carpools? That could mean an area with a very centralized, tightly-knit industry. High public transportation usage means that there actually is a workable system of public transportation there (which is not the case all over.) Meanwhile, the significant number of people working from home in the midwest and western states shines a light on a group that's often ignored when talking about work at home careers: farmers.


You can check out the full map right here, along with the breakdowns for each individual county.

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I'm guessing a majority of these are farmers