Transportation
Means of Transportation to Work, 2013-17


Means of Transportation to Work, 2013-17

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 2013-17, 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 17%, and more people used public transportation (5%) or walked and biked (8%). In the other regions of the county, at least 86% of commuters drove alone.

Statewide, slightly more people in 2013-17 used public transportation, at 6%, than in Berks County. The national figure was similar to the state, at 5%. Slightly fewer people drove to work alone at the state and national levels (both at 80%).

Workers used similar means of transportation in neighboring counties, and like Berks, they also saw few changes in commuting patterns from 2000 to 2013-17. In Schuylkill County, however, transportation patterns had shifted slightly. Driving alone was up 4 percentage points since 2000, at 86%, and carpooling was down 3 points, at 10%.

In the City of Reading, 61% of people drove to work alone, 21% carpooled, 8% used public transportation and 11% 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, 2013-17
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
Central17%69%5%8%
Northeast7%86%0%******6%
South8%88%1%****4%
Southeast8%90%0%******2%**
West9%87%0%******4%
Reading city21%61%8%11%
Berks County Peers
Chester County8%85%3%4%
Lancaster County10%83%1%6%
Lebanon County9%84%1%****5%
Lehigh County10%84%2%3%
Montgomery County7%84%6%3%
Schuylkill County10%86%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, 2013-17
CarpooledDrove AlonePublic transportationTaxicab, motorcycle, bicycle, walked, or other means
United States13,588,952113,464,7657,607,9076,743,008
Pennsylvania505,4484,568,454332,315308,857
Berks County19,267157,4293,1639,601
Berks County Regions
Central8,08732,0422,5393,934
Northeast2,31327,17559******1,906
South4,21547,370429****1,967
Southeast2,06924,51824******681**
West2,59426,434112******1,123
Reading city6,45919,1972,4343,367
Berks County Peers
Chester County18,557207,6557,44410,911
Lancaster County24,716207,0243,33614,667
Lebanon County5,81052,526480****3,385
Lehigh County16,363137,9413,6065,550
Montgomery County27,801329,51722,75213,623
Schuylkill County5,72851,825419**2,178

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 Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Maintaining
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Change in Population by Age and Gender Maintaining
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Change in Labor Force Decreasing
Employment to Population ratio Maintaining
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 Increasing
People Entering/Leaving County/Region for Work Increasing
Public Assistance Maintaining
Spending for Local Governments Maintaining
Spending for Counties Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Quality Early Childhood Centers Not Applicable
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Maintaining
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 3 English Decreasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Increasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 8 English Increasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Decreasing
Student Performance on High School English Decreasing
Student Performance on High School Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Maintaining
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Plans of High School Graduates Increasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Maintaining
Living Wage Maintaining
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
People Enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Increasing
Vacant Housing Units Increasing
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
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 Decreasing
Single-Family Home Sales Increasing
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Decreasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Dams Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Maintaining
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Maintaining
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Maintaining
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing