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Commuting by Workers
Los Angeles County

Workers Aged 16+ Years

Traffic in Montebello

Traffic in Montebello. Los Angeles Almanac Photo.


The U.S. Census estimated that, in 2020, seven percent of Los Angeles County workers, age 16-plus, worked outside the county. Less than half a percent worked outside California.

Means of Transporation to Work - Workers Age 16+

Means of Commuting 2020(1) 2010(1) 2000(2) 1990(2)
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
Total Workers 4,780,680 100.0% 4,399,339 100.0% 3,858,750 100.0% 4,115,248 100.0%
All Commuters 4,396,232 92.0% 4,198,889 95.4% 3,724,107 96.5% 4,002,451 97.3%
Means of Commuting 2020(1) 2010(1) 2000(2) 1990(2)
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
Commuted by Car, truck, or van 3,902,247 81.6% 3,671,019 83.4% 3,296,964 85.4% 3,524,185 85.6%
Drove alone 3,449,024 72.1% 3,173,055 72.1% 2,714,944 70.4% 2,884,615 70.1%
Carpooled 453,223 9.5% 497,964 11.3% 582,020 15.1% 639,570 15.5%
In 2-Person Carpool 340,432 7.1% 385,482 8.8% 436,478 11.3% 485,265 11.8%
In 3-Person Carpool 66,252 1.4% 68,717 1.6% 89,802 2.3% 93,629 2.3%
In 4-or-More-Person Carpool 46,539 1.0% 43,765 1.0% 55,740 1.4% 60,676 1.5%
Means of Commuting 2020(1) 2010(1) 2000(2) 1990(2)
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
Public Transportation (excluding taxi) 257,977 5.4% 311,701 7.1% 250,834 6.5% 265,373 6.5%
Bus 213,338 4.5% 283,961 6.5% 234,662 6.1% 262,732 6.4%
Subway or Elevated Rail 27,072 0.6% 2,450 0.1% 6,200 0.2% 574 0.01%
Long-Distance Train or Commuter Rail 11,261 0.2% 15,317 0.3% 7,660 0.2% 403 0.01%
Light Rail, Streetcar or Trolley 4,982 0.1% 9,647 0.2% 1,946 0.1% 1,320 0.03%
Ferryboat 1,324 0.0% 326 0.0% 366 0.01% 344 0.01%
Means of Commuting 2020(1) 2010(1) 2000(2) 1990(2)
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
Bicycle 32,169 0.7% 32,423 0.7% 24,015 0.6% 25,966 0.6%
Walked 123,965 2.6% 125,816 2.9% 113,004 2.9% 133,927 3.3%
Taxicab, Motorcycle, or Other Means(3) 79,874 1.7% 57,930 1.3% --- --- --- ---
Taxicab(3) --- --- --- --- 3,257 0.1% 1,837 0.04%
Motorcycle(3) --- --- --- --- 6,758 0.2% 19,838 0.5%
Commuted by other means(3) --- --- --- --- 29,275 0.8% 31,325 0.8%
Worked at Home 384,448 8.0% 200,450 4.6% 134,643 3.5% 112,797 2.7%

(1) Census American Community Survey estimate based upon data and surveys collected over the previous 5-year period. The U.S. Census ceased collecting commuting data directly from decennial census respondants after 2000 and now relies on statistical surveys.
(2) Decennial (every 10 years) Census count
(3) Commuting by taxicab, motorcycle and other means were combined under a single category for 2019 Census estimates.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Commuter Travel Time to Work - Workers Age 16+

Travel Time to Work 2020(1) 2010(1) 2000(2) 1990(2)
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
Workers Who Didn’t Work at Home 4,396,232 100.0% 4,198,889 100.0% 3,724,107 100.0% 4,002,451 100.0%
Less than 5 minutes 52,123 1.2% 68,759 1.6% 57,417 1.5% 71,218 1.8%
5 to 9 minutes 237,856 5.4% 296,411 7.1% 265,372 7.1% 314,913 7.9%
10 to 14 minutes 444,776 10.1% 488,395 11.6% 447,538 12.0% 510,338 12.8%
15 to 19 minutes 588,505 13.4% 589,273 14.0% 547,333 14.7% 616,719 15.4%
Travel Time to Work 2020(1) 2010(1) 2000(2) 1990(2)
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
20 to 24 minutes 587,355 13.4% 598,255 14.2% 532,606 14.3% 582,804 14.6%
25 to 29 minutes 242,364 5.5% 231,165 5.5% 210,383 5.7% 229,594 5.7%
30 to 34 minutes 772,733 17.6% 726,722 17.3% 624,474 16.8% 685,112 17.1%
35 to 39 minutes 128,104 2.9% 115,460 2.7% 106,670 2.9% 117,254 2.9%
40 to 44 minutes 227,172 5.2% 200,135 4.8% 165,115 4.4% 164,875 4.1%
Travel Time to Work 2020(1) 2010(1) 2000(2) 1990(2)
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
45 to 59 minutes 474,382 10.8% 392,064 9.3% 360,152 9.7% 364,773 9.1%
60 to 89 minutes 466,067 10.6% 364,470 8.7% 283,292 7.6% 267,429 6.7%
90 or more minutes 174,795 4.0% 127,780 3.0% 123,755 3.3% 77,422 1.9%
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 31.7 --- 29.0 --- 29.4 --- 26.5 ---

(1) Census American Community Survey estimate based upon data and surveys collected over the previous 5-year period. The U.S. Census ceased collecting commuting data directly from decennial census respondants after 2000 and now relies on statistical surveys.
(2) Decennial (every 10 years) Census count

Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Commuter Departure Time to Work - Workers Age 16+

Departure Time for Work 2020(1) 2010(1) 2000(2) 1990(2)
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
Workers Who Didn’t Work at Home 4,396,232 100.0% 4,198,889 100.0% 3,724,107 100.0% 4,002,451 100.0%
12:00am - 4:59am 259,026 5.9% 204,024 4.9% 153,945 4.1% 129,187 3.2%
5:00am - 5:29am 199,675 4.5% 179,241 4.3% 135,930 3.7% 145,318 3.6%
5:30am - 5:59am 187,008 4.3% 188,278 4.5% 171,690 4.6% 194,509 4.9%
6:00am - 6:29am 383,127 8.7% 381,218 9.1% 321,709 8.6% 392,801 9.8%
Departure Time for Work 2020(1) 2010(1) 2000(2) 1990(2)
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
6:30am - 6:59am 316,481 7.2% 347,269 8.3% 345,747 9.3% 425,996 10.6%
7:00am - 7:29am 608,318 13.8% 598,802 14.3% 536,571 14.4% 613,601 15.3%
7:30am - 7:59am 393,104 8.9% 429,757 10.2% 495,569 13.3% 508,980 12.7%
8:00am - 8:29am 570,694 13.0% 518,485 12.3% 433,720 11.7% 478,494 12.0%
8:30am - 8:59am 272,470 6.2% 256,107 6.1% 221,227 5.9% 222,694 5.6%
Departure Time for Work 2020(1) 2010(1) 2000(2) 1990(2)
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
9:00am - 9:59am 419,201 9.5% 363,335 8.7% 289,034 7.8% 273,154 6.8%
10:00am - 10:59am 177,204 4.0% 160,260 3.8% 127,074 3.4% 106,679 2.7%
11:00am - 11:59am 73,523 1.7% 65,648 1.6% 52,994 1.4% 49,557 1.2%
12:00pm - 3:59pm 293,065 6.7% 270,235 6.4% 231,923 6.2% 249,091 6.2%
4:00pm - 11:59pm 243,336 5.5% 236,230 5.6% 206,974 5.6% 212,390 5.3%

(1) Census American Community Survey estimate based upon data and surveys collected over the previous 5-year period. The U.S. Census ceased collecting commuting data directly from decennial census respondants after 2000 and now relies on statistical surveys.
(2) Decennial (every 10 years) Census count

Source: U.S. Census Bureau