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Missoula & Montana both rank high in best commuting practices!
November 30, 2010, 9:57 PM
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How Does Your City Get To Work?

Posted by Eric de Place

10/07/2010 09:30 AM
More commute rankings than you can shake a walking stick at.

There’s a heap of new Census data out, showing that Seattle is the Northwest’s clear leader in commute-trip alternatives. I thought it was interesting so I ran the commute-by-mode numbers for every city there’s data for in the Northwest states — and I bring it to you now for your reading pleasure.

So how did the residents of Northwest cities get to their jobs in 2009?

If you’re a two-wheeler, the real action is in Eugene, which puts every place else in the shade, likely owing to a big university and a stellar network of bike paths:


If you want to go by sidewalk, on the other hand, you’ll find more compatriots in Bellingham than anywhere else.

That’s thanks in part to a centrally-located college campus, as well as an urban landscape that never fails to tug at my heartstrings:

When it comes to public transit, on the other hand, the big cities in King County, Washington are way out in front:


If you’d rather work in your PJs, you’ll have more cyber-company if you live in Oregon, home to 6 of the top 7 cities in the region for working at home:


Carpooling tells another story, however. As a general matter, driving-centric cities tend to do better in this category, and none better than Kennewick in Washington’s Tri-Cities region:



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