By Jim Robson, Senior Economist
Most workers in Utah must travel some distance each day to get to work. In 2013, there was an estimated 1,307,408 workers 16 years of age and older in Utah working during the average week. About 67,201 workers, or 5.1 percent, worked from home. The remaining 94.9 percent of workers (1,240,207) were commuting to work. Figure 1 gives a breakout of how workers went to work in 2013 for Utah and the U.S.
Basically, three out of four Utahns drive alone to work, as do
workers on average in the nation. In Utah, 14.1 percent of workers
carpool or take public transit compared to 14.6 percent nationally. Of
the 27,879 (2.1 percent) of Utah workers who took “other means” to work
10,769 rode a bicycle or 0.8 percent of all workers. The other 17,110
(1.3 percent) using other means to get to work, a motorcycle, a taxicab
or by some other way.