General Commute Trends

  1. Mode Split
  2. Travel Time
  3. Time Leaving for Work

Data Table


Mode Split

For 2015-2019, most Thurston County residents drove alone to work (79%), followed by carpooling (10%). Only 3% walked or biked and 2% rode the bus.

Compared to 1990, a lower percentage of people now carpool while a higher percentage take the bus.

Travel Time

Travel time to work for the region’s residents increased over the last 25-30 years. In 1990, 46% of residents experienced 20 minute or longer commutes. By 2015–2019, this share increased to 56%.

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 34% of the total trips for 2015-2019.

Time Leaving for Work

In 1990, approximately 62% of workers began their commute between 5 am and 8 am; this dropped to 59% of workers for 2015-2019.


U.S. Census Bureau: American Community Survey