78 percent of Minnesota commuters drive to work alone

78 percent of Minnesota commuters drive to work alone

Minneapolis is debating streetcars, the whole metro is up in arms over the beleaguered Southwest Corridor light rail plan, and the long-awaited Minneapolis-to-St. Paul Green Line is set to open sometime mid-next year.

But while the Twin Cities talks mass transit, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, a full 77 percent of metro area commuters are still driving to work alone. For the state as a whole, that number is 78 percent; for the country, it's a slightly better 76 percent.

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The stats come courtesy of the latest American Communities Survey, which breaks down, among other things, how we worked and got to work in 2012.

Last year, per the survey, 8.5 percent of Twin Cities-area denizens carpooled, and 5.1 percent got to work on public transportation. State-wide, the numbers are similar: 9 percent of Minnesotans carpooled, and 3.2 percent rode mass transit.

What about the walkers and bikers? In 2012, 2.8 percent of Minnesotans walked to work, and 43,798 of us -- that's 1.5 percent of the over-16 commuting population -- rode in via "taxicab, motorcycle, bicycle, or other means." And 5.3 percent of the state's workers did their jobs from home.

The rest of the survey is packed with more details about our day-to-day lives (40 percent of us leave for work between 6:30 a.m. and 8 a.m.). Check it out here.

-- Tips or comments? Reach Olivia LaVecchia by email or on Twitter at @olavecchia

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