Baltimore draws 117,027 commuters daily from Baltimore County, among the highest single-source commute totals in the nation, according to a survey released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The number — the equivalent of filling both M&T Bank Stadium and Camden Yards to capacity — ranks the city 16th in worker flow behind the New York, Los Angeles and Dallas suburbs and the number ofcommuters going from Prince George's County to jobs in Washington, D.C.
Included in the total of 207,000 people who come to Baltimore each day for work are 21,719 from Anne Arundel County and 17,966 from Harford County, according to estimates from the American Community Survey.
The number of city residents who head out of town to work is about 104,000, with 58,951 going to Baltimore County, 15,515 to Anne Arundel County and 10,213 to Howard County.
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said the numbers show "that we truly are interconnected as a region, and that we need to think regionally about jobs and transportation."
"That's also why we need to make wise investments that help people get to jobs, and build the job centers of the future," Ulman said.
The 2011 survey had a sample size of about 3.3 million addresses across the nation and Puerto Rico and included every U.S. county.
Maryland was second only to the District of Columbia in the percentage of out-of-jurisdiction commuters among its residents, at 18.3 percent. The average one-way commute for people living in Baltimore was 30 minutes. Nearly 15 percent of the state's workers reported a daily commute in excess of 60 minutes — a level topped only by New York's 16.2 percent.
Public transportation, carpooling and bicycling moved about 29 percent of Baltimore commuters in 2011, nearly twice the national figure of 15 percent. About 61 percent of city workers drove alone to their jobs, compared with 76 percent nationally.
More than a half-million Marylanders commute to jobs in D.C. and Virginia, and more Maryland residents commute to Virginia than vice versa.
One last thing: If you want to avoid morning rush hour, stay away from 7:30 to 8:30, when a quarter of all Baltimore commuters hit the roads.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun