Travel Time—Over the last twenty plus years, Thurston County residents have been traveling longer to get to work. In 1990, 46% of residents who commuted to work traveled 20 minutes or more; between 2010 and 2014, this number increased to 54% of the commute trips.
The bulk of the increase in commute lengths has occurred in trips that last over 30 minutes. Commutes longer than 30 minutes increased from 23% of the trips in 1990 to 31% of the total trips in the period between 2010 and 2014.
Means of Transportation—Most commute trips are in a single-occupancy vehicle (78%). Carpooling is the most common alternative (11%), followed by walking or biking (4%) and transit (2%).
Outbound Commuters—Inbound commuting also grew between 1990 and 2006-2010. In 1990, roughly 9,700 inbound commuters traveled to Thurston County for work. Over the last twenty plus years, this number has more than doubled to almost 20,000 individuals.