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Report: How People Commute to and from Center City, by Neighborhood

The River Wards is for drivers, Chinatown is for walkers

Looking to ditch your car? Consider moving to Chinatown.

That neighborhood boasts the highest percentage of people who walk to work downtown, according to Center City District’s latest report, Getting to Work: Transit, Density & Opportunity.

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey, CCD found that 50 percent of people who live in Chinatown commute with their own two feet. Rittenhouse Square and Logan Square residents also have a large amount walkers at 42 percent.

The report states, "In almost all of Greater Center City, the majority of commuters get to work by means other than a car."

On the other side of the spectrum, 63 percent of folks who live along the edges of Center City (think Pennsport, Northern Liberties, and the River Wards) tend to commute to Center City by car.

Got a bike? Look to East Passyunk, where 11 percent of residents commute to Center City by two wheels. That’s the highest percentage of bike commuters who work downtown.

However, the number of reverse commuters is growing, as job-growth has increased in the ‘burbs, including Merion County. That poses a problem for people who do not have access to or can’t afford a car, the report notes. It argues that more job growth in Center City would be an opportunity boon for both the district and disadvantaged workers.