Commuting Data

Commuting Data

The Census Transportation Planning Package (CTPP) offers a set of special tabulations from the US Census Bureau pertaining to commuting characteristics by place of residence, place of work, and home to work flows. It is a cooperative effort sponsored by the State Departments of Transportation under a pooled funding arrangement with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). As the largest and most up-to-date survey of transportation data available for the region, the CTPP is a valuable dataset for transportation planners at the Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG).

A variety of commuting characteristics and transportation profiles is available from MRCOG. Available information includes travel times, mode share, vehicle ownership, and commutes by race, ethnicity, age and income status.

At MRCOG, the CTPP is used for a variety of purposes including commuter rail planning, mass transit route planning, and for calibrating and improving the accuracy of our travel demand model. The CTPP is uniquely suited for travel analysis because the data are available at the Transportation Analysis Zone (TAZ) level, which are small geographic areas.

*Please keep in mind that CTPP data only pertain to work commutes, and don't include shopping trips, medical trips or any other trip purpose.

CTPP Profiles: 2010-2012 American Community Survey (ACS)

Are you interested in knowing how commuting behaviors have changed over time in our region? The Federal Highway Administration created profile sheets using 2010-2012 ACS, Census 2010, 2007-2009 ACS, and Census 2000 data to compare results on commuting (journey to work). The profiles below look at significant changes in selected characteristics such as, Population, Households, Poverty, Mode to Work and Mean Travel Time. These profiles were created to provide transportation planners a handy way to view trends by including multiple time points.

2010-2012 ACS Profiles
Bernalillo County
City of Albuquerque
South Valley CDP
Sandoval County
City of Rio Rancho
Valencia County

2006-2008 Commuting Statistics

Place of Residence profiles contain information regarding vehicles available, household statistics, and mode of transportation by the commuter's origins (place of residence).

Place of Work profiles contain information regarding mode of transportation, travel time, and time of arrival to work by the commuter's destination (place of work).


  Place of Residence  Place of Work
Counties  view table  view table 
Places  view table  view table

2005-2007 Commuting Statistics 

These profiles include data from both the 2005-2007 American Community Survey (ACS) and the Census 2000. The Profiles are designed to give transportation planners a handy way to examine trends by including two time points. However, because the survey methods are different, users need to understand how the ACS differs from the decennial census long form in 2000.

Notes: the profiles are available only for those areas meeting a 20,000 population threshold. Some geographies miss some or all profiles even if they have a poplulation of 20,000 or more. For these geographies, ACS source tables get suppressed because of a small number of sample cases.

Five transportation profiles are available: 

  Part 1 Profile 1 Part 1 Profile 2 Part 1 Profile 3 Part 2 Profile 1 Part 2 Profile 2
Albuquerque  X  X  X  X  X
Rio Rancho   X  X  X  X NA
South Valley  X  X NA  X NA
Bernalillo County  X  X  X  X  X
Sandoval County  X    X  X  X  X
Valencia County  X  X  X  X NA

CTPP Part 1 Profiles are based on place of residence. CTPP Part 2 Profiles are based on place of work.

Part 1 Profile 1 has the following tables: Total Persons, Persons in Households, Total Households, Average Household Size, Average Vehicles per Households, Persons in Group Quarters, Total Workers and Workers at Work, Mode to Work (including collapsed version), Travel Time to Work, Departure Time to Work and Mean Travel Time by Mode to Work.

Part 1 Profile 2 has the following tables: Vehicles available in Household, Mode to Work by Poverty Status, Mode to Work by Vehicles available, Household size by Vehicles available, Vehicles available by Workers in Household, Persons in Household by Workers in Household, Household Income in Household.

Part 1 Profile 3 has two tables: Mode to Work by Travel Time and Mode to Work by Time Leaving Home.

Part 2 Profile 1 has the following tables: Total Workers, Total Workers Excluding Home-based Workers, Mean Travel Time to work, Average Vehicle Occupancy, Average Carpool size and Workers in Group Quarters, Total Workers by Sex, Mode to Work, Total Workers by Industry, Travel Time to Work and Arrival Time to Work.

Part 2 Profile 2 has one table: Mode to Work by Industry.

2000 Commuting Statistics

  • CTPP Part 1 contains transportation data based on where workers reside, and is available here by County, Place and Tract.
  • CTPP Part 2 contains transportation data based on a worker's place of work and is available here by County, Place and Tract.
  • CTPP Part 3 contains the worker flows from residence to work place. Data for Part 3 are available here by County and Place.

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