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In 2011, King County residents mostly likely to use public transit were people of color, those born outside the U.S., and those whose native language was not English. 

Neighborhood access to public transit, pleasant places to walk, and amenities such as entertainment, restaurants, and food stores can affect transportation choices and quality of life.

According to data from a 2011 survey, 38% of King County residents used public transportation to get to or from their neighborhoods.  This included commuting and non-work or recreational travel.

Residents most likely to use public transportation from their neighborhoods included:

  • People of color, compared to whites.  There were no differences between Hispanics and non-Hispanics.
  • Adults born outside the U.S., compared to those born in the U.S.
  • Adults whose primary language was not English, compared to those who spoke English as their primary language.