Demographics for public transportation riders don't mirror other residents in the vast majority of U.S. cities. In nearly all urban areas, data indicates public transportation commuters tend to be disproportionately poorer than those driving to work.
Select a city below to display median earnings, poverty and race/ethnicity statistics for public transportation ridership. The top 100 U.S. cities with the most total public transportation commuters, according to Census Bureau estimates, are shown.
Interpreting the Data
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People who use public transportation are disproportionately poorer than other commuters in nearly every U.S. city, according to an analysis.