Driving Alone to Work

Percentage of the workforce that drives alone to work.
The 2019 County Health Rankings used data from 2013-2017 for this measure.

Measure Tabs


Reason for Ranking

The transportation choices that communities and individuals make have important impacts on health through items such as active living, air quality, and traffic crashes. The choices for commuting to work can include walking, biking, taking public transit, carpooling, or individuals driving alone, the last of which is the most damaging to the health of communities. In most counties, driving alone is also the primary form of transportation to work.

Key Measure Methods

Driving Alone to Work is a Percentage

Driving Alone to Work is the percentage of the workforce that usually drives alone to work.


The numerator is the number of workers who commute alone to work via car, truck, or van.


The denominator is the total workforce.

Can This Measure Be Used to Track Progress?

This measure can be used to track progress with some caveats. It is important to note that the estimate provided in the County Health Rankings is a 5-year average. However, for counties with a population greater than 20,000 individuals, single-year estimates can be obtained from the resource listed below.

Data Source

Years of Data Used


American Community Survey, 5-year estimates

The American Community Survey (ACS) is a nationwide survey designed to provide communities with a fresh look at how they are changing. It is a critical element in the Census Bureau's reengineered decennial census program. The ACS collects and produces population and housing information every year instead of every ten years, and publishes both one-year and five-year estimates. The County Health Rankings use American Community Survey data to obtain measures of social and economic factors.

Digging Deeper

Subcounty Areatrue

This estimate can be calculated by race using tables B08105A-G and by age in table B08101. These tables can be accessed through the American Factfinder. This measure can also be calculated for census tracts and census block groups using table B08301.

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