Transportation >> Commuting >> Satisfaction by Region over Time

Although average commute time has not changed, satisfaction with commute time has declined in all regions and in King County overall.  

Commuting by public transit, on bicycle, or on foot boosts physical activity, reduces traffic congestion, and decreases auto emissions that contribute to air pollution.  Traffic delays increase overall stress and costs – of food, clothing, building materials, and everything else that is transported on roads.

Two-thirds of respondents to a 2011 community survey said that, as an aspect of their neighborhood, they were ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ satisfied with their commute time to work or school.

  • Since 2004, satisfaction with commute time has declined in all regions and in King County overall.
  • Although satisfaction has declined, average commute times have not increased.  The mean one-way commute time in King County in 2011 was 26.5 minutes (data not shown).
  • Long-distance commuting is on the rise, however.   Averaging data from 2006-2010, 74,605 King County residents commuted out of the county to work, while 240,245 King County workers lived outside King County (data not shown).
  • Satisfaction with commute time did not differ among respondents from different regions.
  • Long-distance commuting is on the rise.  In 2011, 7.0% of King County workers (70,000 individuals) commuted from outside their county of residence; an additional 0.8% worked outside their home state.  From 2002 to 2009, the rate of “super-commuting” in King County increased by 60.4% (data not shown).
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