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Work Commute by Car vs. Urban Density in the US

According to reports published by The Trasnport Politic and, there is an inverse relationship between the percentage of daily car trips and the urban density of major cities in the United States.

The graph shows that the American city with the least use of cars for daily trips is New York. In this metropolis, before the COVID-19 pandemic, only 22% of trips were made by private car. At the same time, this is the city with the highest reported urban density.

In the opposite case there are cities like San Antonio, Houston, Charlotte and Phoenix. In these urban areas, with densities below 5,000 people per square mile, the percentage of daily trips to work by car was over 70% before the COVID-19 pandemic.


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