Workers in principal cities also registered the largest decline in automobile commuting—from 80 percent to 78 percent between 20 (though, at 2 percent, that decline was still relatively small).
Greater San Francisco registered the largest decline in automobile commuting of any metro between 20—nearly 4 percent (3.8 percent).
The following table shows the metro areas with the largest rates of decline in automobile commuting.
New York, with its density, high levels of congestion, and extensive transit and rail system remains the metro where the smallest share of workers get to work by car (56.9 percent).
The report does find a modest decline in car commuting among workers of all ages—though especially among younger workers—who lived in principal cities between 20.
Just 5.2 percent take mass transit, while 2.3 percent walk to work and less than one percent (0.6 percent) bike to work.
Much has been made of younger Americans opting not to own (or perhaps delay purchasing) cars. The chart below from the report categorizes workers based on age, as well as whether they commute by automobile from principal cities, suburban areas within metros but outside of principal cities, and areas outside of metros in 20.
More than four in ten Americans are members of two-car families. That said, many of the more than 6 million Americans workers who do not have access to a car are low-income workers who also lack access to decent public transportation, severely limiting their employment opportunities.
Workers earning ,000 or more were the most likely to ride transit to work compared to other commuters without vehicle access.
Asian workers are the least likely to drive to work alone (67 percent), followed by Hispanic workers (69 percent).