Transportation
Means of Transportation to Work, 2011-15


Means of Transportation to Work, 2011-15

What does this measure?

The type of transportation that workers over the age of 16 use daily to commute to work, expressed as a percentage of all workers with jobs outside the home.

Why is this important?

Commuting patterns may reflect the transportation choices available to workers in a region, the locations of available employers, and issues of poverty. These patterns also can impact environmental and transportation planning in a region.

How is our county performing?

In 2011-15, the vast majority of people in Berks County drove to work alone (83%), compared to 10% who carpooled, 2% who used public transportation and 5% who biked, walked or used other means of transportation. These commuting patterns have not changed since 2000. In the central region of the county, carpooling was more common, at 16%, and more people used public transportation (6%) or walked and biked (9%). In the other regions of the county, at least 87% of commuters drove alone.

Statewide, slightly more people in 2011-15 used public transportation, at 6%, than in Berks County. The national figure was similar to the state, at 5%.

Workers used similar means of transportation in neighboring counties, and like Berks, they also saw few changes in commuting patterns from 2000 to 2011-15. In Schuylkill County, however, transportation patterns had shifted slightly. Driving alone was up 3 percentage points since 2000, at 85%, and carpooling was down 3 points, at 10%.

In the City of Reading, 61% of people drove to work alone, 19% carpooled, 9% used public transportation and 12% biked, walked or used other means.

Notes about the data

For additional detail as to how the Berks County regions are defined and which boroughs and townships are included in each, see the About Us page.

There may be additional research available on this topic. Click on Reports and Resources to learn more.

The multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator are expected to be released annually in December.

Means of Transportation to Work, 2011-15
CarpooledDrove AlonePublic transportationTaxicab, motorcycle, bicycle, walked, or other means
United States10%80%5%5%
Pennsylvania9%80%6%5%
Berks County10%83%2%5%
Berks County Regions
Central16%69%6%9%
Northeast7%87%0%******5%
South9%88%1%****3%
Southeast8%88%0%******3%**
West9%87%0%******3%**
Reading city19%61%9%12%
Berks County Peers
Chester County7%85%3%4%
Lancaster County9%83%1%6%
Lebanon County11%83%1%****6%
Lehigh County10%84%2%4%
Montgomery County7%84%5%4%
Schuylkill County10%85%1%**4%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Rate is percent of those who do not work at home. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Number of Workers by Means of Transportation, 2011-15
CarpooledDrove AlonePublic transportationTaxicab, motorcycle, bicycle, walked, or other means
United States13,575,283109,733,3547,362,0386,597,759
Pennsylvania511,8144,499,726326,404307,775
Berks County18,990155,2303,2599,193
Berks County Regions
Central7,12331,1082,6784,099
Northeast2,31927,14479******1,543
South4,61147,104288****1,755
Southeast2,19423,584117******760**
West2,74326,29097******1,036**
Reading city5,71318,2012,5783,567
Berks County Peers
Chester County17,072204,6637,21410,734
Lancaster County23,009202,2533,34113,916
Lebanon County6,44651,003380****3,400
Lehigh County16,443134,0833,5555,933
Montgomery County28,499325,15821,35714,352
Schuylkill County6,11951,195361**2,673

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Means of Transportation to Work, 2000
CarpooledDrove AlonePublic transportationTaxicab, motorcycle, bicycle, walked, or other means
United States13%78%5%4%
Pennsylvania11%79%5%5%
Berks County10%83%2%5%
Berks County Regions
Central17%70%5%9%
Northeast8%86%0%5%
South7%89%1%2%
Southeast9%88%0%2%
West8%88%0%4%
Reading city20%62%6%12%
Berks County Peers
Chester County9%85%3%3%
Lancaster County11%82%1%6%
Lebanon County11%84%1%4%
Lehigh County10%84%2%4%
Montgomery County9%84%4%3%
Schuylkill County13%82%0%5%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Rate is percent of those who do not work at home. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Number of Workers by Means of Transportation, 2000
CarpooledDrove AlonePublic transportationTaxicab, motorcycle, bicycle, walked, or other means
United States15,634,05197,102,0505,867,5595,491,345
Pennsylvania577,3644,247,836284,829281,636
Berks County17,825144,1402,6318,110
Berks County Regions
Central7,30730,1151,9943,890
Northeast2,42025,262681,459
South3,34240,4093831,068
Southeast2,29021,21455564
West2,33425,3281151,057
Reading city6,13918,5691,8673,585
Berks County Peers
Chester County18,726176,0755,6546,992
Lancaster County23,602181,1492,49113,244
Lebanon County6,04447,6523112,438
Lehigh County14,563120,8312,2526,268
Montgomery County31,393305,92416,37612,602
Schuylkill County7,89850,0012742,898

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




INDICATORS TREND | BERKS COUNTY
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Change in Labor Force Increasing
Employment to Population Ratio Decreasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving Region for Work Not Applicable
Public Assistance Increasing
Local Government Spending Increasing
County Government Spending Decreasing
School District Spending Increasing
Quality Early Childhood Centers Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on High School Reading Increasing
Student Performance on High School Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage by Household Type Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
Health Status Decreasing
Managed Medicaid Enrollment Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Adults Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Children Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Youth Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Occupied Housing Units Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Age of Housing Stock Not Applicable
Single-Family Home Sales Maintaining
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Increasing
Tourism Spending Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income Increasing
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Dams Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Decreasing
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing