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Pittsburgh Neighborhood Commuting Trends: Carbon-neutral vs. Auto-dependent

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Uptown’s dense streets and proximity to Downtown and Oakland make commuting easy

A recent post over at one of our favorite local blogs adds some insight into Pittsburgh’s high marks for percentage of residents that walk to work.  According to the American Community Survey (ACS), a project of the US Census, we’re consistently placing in the top 3 in the country, with a stunning 11.1% of resident workers walking to their job in 2008.  Post-Gazette staff writer Diana Nelson Jones’ City Walkabout, a featured blog on the paper’s website, did some numbers crunching based on City Planning info and census data.

Jones takes the ACS numbers one step further and breaks it down into neighborhoods.

Here are some of these numbers that she provides:

Top 10: Carbon-Neutral Commutes
(% who bike or walk to work from home or who work from home)
1. Uptown……………..66.8%
2. North Oakland……52.5%
3. Central Oakland…48.3%
4. Downtown………….44%
5. West Oakland…….36.6%
6. Allegheny Center..35.1%
7. Squirrel Hill N……..35%
8. North Shore……….27.9
9. Terrace Village…..25.3%
10. Allegheny West…24.6%

Top 10: Automobile Dependent
(% driving alone to work)
1. New Homestead…..86.3%
2. Summer Hill…………83.9%
3. Windgap…………….82.7%
4. Oakwood……………80.7%
5. Swisshelm Park…..80.7%
6. Lincoln Place………78.5%
7. Overbrook………….76.7%
8. Brookline……………72.2%
9. Banksville…………..71.6%
10. Stanton Heights…70.9%

Check out some of the other exciting “Top Tens,” in the post, including Neighborhood Street Density, Population, Average length of stay in years, 19 and younger, and 60 and older.


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