2009-2013 5-Year American Community Survey: Commuting Flows

Resource Type
  • United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Cornell University (Labor Dynamics Institute)
  • Abstract

    Among other questions related to the work commute, the American Community Survey (ACS) asks respondents about their primary workplace location. Workplace information is crucial for understanding the degree of interconnectedness among our nation's communities and it shapes the contours of metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas. The U.S. Census Bureau's publicly available ACS tables present information about where people work by both residence-based and workplace-based data products, but information about the residence/workplace relationship is not provided as an origin-destination combination. A more complex story about commuting patterns emerges when residence location and workplace location are coupled, generating a "commuting flow." This page provides commuting flow data from the decennial Census and ACS, some of which has been produced for the purpose of redefining metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas.

    From https://www.census.gov/hhes/commuting/data/commutingflows.html as of March 29, 2017.

    This archive contains the files derived by the Census Bureau from the 2009-2013 5-year American Community Survey. XLSX files are provided as downloaded from the Census Bureau on March 29, 2017.

    File format conversions (XLSX -> CSV) were performed by Lars Vilhuber, Labor Dynamics Institute, Cornell University.
Sampled Universe
Workers 16 years (members of the Armed Forces and civilians) who were at work during the reference week. Smallest Geographic Unit: Counties of the United States
For more information on sampling and estimation methods, confidentiality protection, and sampling and nonsampling errors, see http://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/tech_docs/accuracy/MultiyearACSAccuracyofData2013.pdf.

Update Metadata: 2019-02-20 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2019-02-20