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Release: 2011 Census Analysis, Distance Travelled to Work

Released: 26 March 2014

Contact

Richard Prothero

Crime, Regional and Data Access Division

richard.prothero@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 447 825

Categories: Travel and Transport, Other Modes of Transport, Roads, Public Transport, Transport in London, Usage of Public Transport, Labour Market, People in Work, Hours of Work

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Country, Local Authority, Region

Survey name(s): Census

  • The average distance commuted to work in England and Wales increased from 13.4 km in 2001 to 15.0 km in 2011. This is estimated using only workers making a regular commute between their enumeration address and their workplace address.

  • On average workers resident in the East of England (17 km) had the longest commutes while working residents in London had the shortest commutes (11 km).

  • The number of people in the ‘other’ distance category – people working outside the UK, working on an offshore installation or working with no fixed place of work – doubled from 1.1 million in 2001 to 2.2 million in 2011. This category accounted for 8.4% of all workers in 2011, up from 4.7% in 2001.

  • Overall commuting distances were longest for:

    - Male workers
    - Workers in managerial and professional occupations
    - Full-time workers
    - Workers aged 35 to 39

This report assesses distance travelled to work by residents of England and Wales using the results of the 2011 Census. The statistics for distance have been combined with a number of other variables including age, sex and method of travel to work. Where possible, comparisons are made with the 2001 Census.
For Census data, see the following links:

  1. 2011 Census data for distance travelled to work only and distance travelled to work combined with other variables can be found on the Nomis website

  2. 2001 Census data for distance travelled to work only can be found on the NeSS website

  3. 2001 Census data for distance travelled to work combined with other variables can be found on the Nomis website

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