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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2013

Census Bureau Reports 332,000 Workers Commute into Hennepin County, Minn., Each Day

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Hennepin County, Minn., has among the highest number of commuters coming from another county in the nation, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today in new estimates released from the American Community Survey. Nationally, 27.4 percent of workers commute outside the county where they live.

Among workers in Hennepin County, 332,216 live outside the county, according to 2006-2010 estimates from the American Community Survey. For example, 68,685 workers commute in from Ramsey County, 62,315 from Dakota County and 61,141 from Anoka County. The latter two were not significantly different from each other.

Meanwhile, 112,267 residents of Hennepin County leave the county for work, with 46,778 going to Ramsey County, 18,953 to Dakota County and 16,858 to Anoka County.

"It is well known that Hennepin County draws a lot of commuters to work. The detailed information in the American Community Survey tells us where Hennepin County workers are coming from, where its residents work, and how its commuting patterns compare to those of other large counties," said Brian McKenzie, a Census Bureau statistician who studies commuting. "This information shapes our understanding of the boundaries of local and regional economies, as people and goods move across the nation's transportation networks." 

The American Community Survey also provides annual estimates about how commuters in Hennepin County travel to work and how long it takes them to get there.

Means of Transportation

  • In 2011, 73.1 percent of workers in Hennepin County drove to work alone, compared with 76.4 percent nationally.
  • Meanwhile, 9.0 percent of Hennepin County workers carpooled in 2011, while 9.7 percent in the nation carpooled to work.
  • In 2011, 7.7 percent of all workers in Hennepin County used public transportation -- excluding taxicab -- to get to their job, compared with 5.0 percent in the nation as a whole.
  • About 1.5 percent of all workers in the county biked to work in 2011, compared with 0.6 percent nationally.

Travel Time to Work

  • In 2011, the average one-way commute to work for people living in Hennepin County was 22.8 minutes. The average commute nationally was 25.5 minutes.
  • About 3.5 percent of all workers had a commute of 60 minutes or more in 2011, compared with 8.1 percent in the nation as a whole.

View more commuting statistics for Hennepin County online: http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/11_1YR/S0801/0500000US27053

The American Community Survey provides a wide range of important statistics about people and housing for every community across the nation. The results are used by everyone from town and city planners to retailers and homebuilders. The survey is the only source of local estimates for most of the 40 topics it covers, such as education, occupation, language, ancestry and housing costs for even the smallest communities. Ever since Thomas Jefferson directed the first census in 1790, the census has collected detailed characteristics about our nation's people. Questions about jobs and the economy were added 20 years later under James Madison, who said such information would allow Congress to "adapt the public measures to the particular circumstances of the community," and over the decades, allow America "an opportunity of marking the progress of the society."

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | PIO@census.gov | Last Revised: February 10, 2014