Skip to content U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway AdministrationU.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration

Office of Planning, Environment, & Realty (HEP)
Planning · Environment · Real Estate

HEP Events Guidance Publications Glossary Awards Contacts

2005 Transportation Profiles

Geographic Area1: Boston-Worcester-Manchester, MA-NH
TABLE 1. SELECTED CHARACTERISTICS BY PLACE OF RESIDENCE, 1990, 2000, 2005

Selected Characteristics1 1990 2000 2005 ACS 2005 ACS
MOE 3
CTPP logo
Persons in Household 5,170,460 5,531,649 5,623,982 *****4
Households 1,987,206 2,182,343 2,192,172 +/-8,932
Persons per household 2.60 2.53 2.57 *****
  Includes GQ pop Does not include GQ Pop
Total Persons 5,348,894 5,715,698 na na
Total Employed2 2,773,163 2,913,334 2,908,472 *****
Workers at Work 2,716,207 2,855,816 2,823,169 +/-17,183
 
Mode to work1 1990 2000 2005 ACS
Includes GQ pop Does not include GQ Pop
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent MOE (%)
Total Workers 2,716,207 100.0 2,855,816 100.0 2,823,169 100.0 ---
Drove alone 1,951,079 71.8 2,106,099 73.7 2,112,735 74.8 +/- 0.5
2-person carpool 242,255 8.9 209,546 7.3 182,864 6.5 +/- 0.3
3-person carpool 29,985 1.1 27,029 0.9 30,308 1.1 +/- 0.1
4-person carpool 9,153 0.3 8,091 0.3 9,144 0.3 +/- 0.1
5-or-6-person carpool 5,059 0.2 4,328 0.2 3,770 0.1 +/- 0.0
7-or-more-person carpool 5,852 0.2 3,436 0.1 4,422 0.2 +/- 0.0
Bus or trolley bus 92,974 3.4 80,613 2.8 77,672 2.8 +/- 0.2
Streetcar or trolley car 17,293 0.6 12,220 0.4 11,015 0.4 +/- 0.1
Subway or elevated 90,213 3.3 113,300 4.0 101,085 3.6 +/- 0.2
Railroad 26,262 1.0 43,200 1.5 44,232 1.6 +/- 0.1
Ferryboat 1,823 0.1 2,982 0.1 2,113 0.1 +/- 0.0
Bicycle 10,299 0.4 10,929 0.4 10,766 0.4 +/- 0.1
Walked 141,608 5.2 118,553 4.2 106,268 3.8 +/- 0.3
Taxicab 5,607 0.2 5,929 0.2 4,061 0.1 +/- 0.1
Motorcycle 2,081 0.1 1,474 0.1 3,163 0.1 +/- 0.0
Other means 14,291 0.5 15,191 0.5 18,196 0.6 +/- 0.1
Worked at home 70,373 2.6 92,896 3.3 101,355 3.6 +/- 0.2
 
Travel time to work (Universe = Workers who did not work at home)1
Workers (Did not work at home) 2,645,834 100.0 2,762,920 100.0 2,721,814 100.0 ---
Less than 5 minutes 87,181 3.3 72,740 2.6 72,021 2.6 +/- 0.2
5 to 9 308,930 11.7 262,248 9.5 236,478 8.7 +/- 0.3
10 to 14 402,220 15.2 368,661 13.3 354,897 13.0 +/- 0.3
15 to 19 402,609 15.2 372,317 13.5 362,964 13.3 +/- 0.4
20 to 29 510,367 19.3 530,377 19.2 520,438 19.1 +/- 0.4
30 to 44 548,206 20.7 612,913 22.2 615,249 22.6 +/- 0.5
45 to 59 216,735 8.2 273,396 9.9 276,371 10.2 +/- 0.3
60 or more 169,586 6.4 270,268 9.8 283,396 10.4 +/- 0.3
Mean travel time (minutes) 23.7 (X) 27.8 (X) 27.9 (X) +/- 0.36
 
Departure Time to Work1
Workers (Did not work at home) 2,645,834 100.0 2,762,920 100.0 2,721,814 100.0 ---
5:00 - 5:59 a.m. 125,155 4.7 172,543 6.2 188,239 6.9 +/- 0.3
6:00 - 6:59 a.m. 501,930 19.0 515,536 18.7 537,916 19.8 +/- 0.4
7:00 - 7:59 a.m. 828,312 31.3 847,710 30.7 793,018 29.1 +/- 0.5
8:00 - 8:59 a.m. 579,331 21.9 571,150 20.7 547,574 20.1 +/- 0.4
9:00 - 10:59 a.m. 197,240 7.5 225,535 8.2 239,105 8.8 +/- 0.4
11:00 a.m. - 3:59 p.m. 211,139 8.0 211,772 7.7 209,297 7.7 +/- 0.3
11:00 a.m. - 3:59 p.m. 202,727 7.7 218,674 7.9 206,665 7.6 +/- 0.4

Notes:
1. Please read notes.cfm
2. Total Employed includes Civilian Employed and those working in the Armed Forces.
3. MOE: Margin of Error. Please see notes.cfm. MOE could not be calculated for Total Employed.
4. ***** Cannot be calculated.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau - 1990 STF1, 1990 STF3, 2000 SF1, 2000 SF3, 2005 ACS.

Geographic Area1: Boston-Worcester-Manchester, MA-NH
TABLE 2. MODE TO WORK BY TRAVEL TIME, 2000 & 2005

(Universe = Workers who did not work at home)2

  Mean travel
time (mins.)
Total Less than 10
minutes
10 to 19
minutes
20 to 29
minutes
30 to 44
minutes
45 to 59
minutes
60/more
minutes
Total 2000 27.8 2,762,930 334,990 740,965 530,375 612,920 273,400 270,265
2005 27.9 2,721,814 308,499 717,861 520,438 615,249 276,371 283,396
2005 MOE +/-0.36 +/-17,350 +/-9,833 +/-14,252 +/-12,513 +/-13,471 +/-9,135 +/-9,298
Drove alone 2000 26.5 2,106,100 249,575 595,105 430,365 465,435 195,585 170,015
2005 26.8 2,112,735 236,691 581,200 430,633 480,046 201,390 182,775
2005 MOE +/-0.38 +/-18,374 +/-8,534 +/-13,195 +/-11,736 +/-12,498 +/-7,689 +/-7,240
2-person carpool 2000 27.3 209,550 23,955 62,540 39,560 44,480 18,979 20,050
2005 27.9 182,864 18,507 52,195 32,869 40,880 18,658 19,755
2005 MOE +/-2.29 +/-9,418 +/-2,522 +/-3,859 +/-3,606 +/-3,738 +/-2,958 +/-2,815
3+ carpool 2000 32.4 42,885 3,777 10,517 7,519 9,677 4,614 6,748
2005 32.1 47,644 4,255 11,382 6,565 13,391 4,012 8,039
2005 MOE +/-4.85 +/-4,664 +/-1,166 +/-2,609 +/-1,412 +/-2,502 +/-1,102 +/-2,123
Bus or trolley bus 2000 39.7 80,610 1,232 10,024 13,119 26,118 13,275 16,850
2005 38.9 77,672 1,469 11,343 11,587 24,537 12,147 16,589
2005 MOE +/-4.17 +/-5,685 +/-564 +/-2,304 +/-2,655 +/-3,324 +/-1,919 +/-2,439
All other transit3 2000 46.2 171,708 645 7,577 20,061 55,164 38,360 49,882
2005 48.1 158,445 SSS 5,473 18,003 46,685 35,929 51,972
2005 MOE +/-3.46 +/-7,181 SSS +/-1,331 +/-2,779 +/-3,683 +/-3,317 +/-4,078
All other modes4 2000 17.6 152,070 55,790 55,230 19,744 12,032 2,562 6,689
2005 15.9 142,454 47,194 56,268 20,781 9,710 4,235 4,266
2005 MOE +/-1.65 +/-8,460 +/-3,917 +/-5,925 +/-2,911 +/-1,599 +/-1,287 +/-1,181

 

TABLE 2. MODE TO WORK BY TRAVEL TIME, PERCENT OF WORKERS, 2000 and 2005

(Universe = Workers who did not work at home)2

Percent of Workers   Mean travel
time (mins.)
Total Less than 10
minutes
10 to 19
minutes
20 to 29
minutes
30 to 44
minutes
45 to 59
minutes
60/more
minutes
Total 2000 27.8 100.0 12.1 26.8 19.2 22.2 9.9 9.8
2005 27.9 100.0 11.3 26.4 19.1 22.6 10.2 10.4
2005 MOE +/-0.36 ***** +/-0.6 +/-0.6 +/-0.6 +/-0.6 +/-0.6 +/-0.6
Drove alone 2000 26.5 100.0 11.9 28.3 20.4 22.1 9.3 8.1
2005 26.8 100.0 11.2 27.5 20.4 22.7 9.5 8.7
2005 MOE +/-0.38 ***** +/-0.9 +/-0.9 +/-0.9 +/-0.9 +/-0.9 +/-0.9
2-person carpool 2000 27.3 100.0 11.4 29.8 18.9 21.2 9.1 9.6
2005 27.9 100.0 10.1 28.5 18.0 22.4 10.2 10.8
2005 MOE +/-2.29 ***** +/-5.1 +/-5.1 +/-5.1 +/-5.1 +/-5.1 +/-5.1
3+ carpool 2000 32.4 100.0 8.8 24.5 17.5 22.6 10.8 15.7
2005 32.1 100.0 8.9 23.9 13.8 28.1 8.4 16.9
2005 MOE +/-4.85 ***** +/-9.8 +/-9.7 +/-9.8 +/-9.7 +/-9.8 +/-9.8
Bus or trolley bus 2000 39.7 100.0 1.5 12.4 16.3 32.4 16.5 20.9
2005 38.9 100.0 1.9 14.6 14.9 31.6 15.6 21.4
2005 MOE +/-4.17 ***** +/-7.3 +/-7.3 +/-7.3 +/-7.2 +/-7.3 +/-7.3
All other transit3 2000 46.2 100.0 0.4 4.4 11.7 32.1 22.3 29.1
2005 48.1 100.0 SSS 3.5 11.4 29.5 22.7 32.8
2005 MOE +/-3.46 ***** SSS +/-4.5 +/-4.5 +/-4.5 +/-4.5 +/-4.5
All other modes4 2000 17.6 100.0 36.7 36.3 13.0 7.9 1.7 4.4
2005 15.9 100.0 33.1 39.5 14.6 6.8 3.0 3.0
2005 MOE +/-1.65 ***** +/-5.9 +/-5.7 +/-5.9 +/-5.9 +/-5.9 +/-5.9

Notes:
1. Please read notes.cfm
2. ACS did not include group quarter population. For more information, Please read notes.cfm
3. Includes streetcar/trolley car, subway/elevated, railroad, and ferryboat.
4. Includes bicycle, walk, motorcycle, taxicab, or other means.
SSS: Not shown because weighted total by mode is less than 500.
***** Cannot be calculated.

Updated: 05/17/2011
HEP Home Planning Environment Real Estate
Federal Highway Administration | 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE | Washington, DC 20590 | 202-366-4000