County-to-County Commuting by Work County

The other week, we looked at where county residents work. Today we’re using the same 2009-2013 American Community Survey estimates to examine where county workers live.

According to the ACS, there were 4.23 million individuals working in North Carolina. The vast majority of these workers – 4.12 million or 97.4%—were also North Carolina residents. Nearly 65,000 of the state’s workers live in South Carolina (1.5% of NC workers) and 17,000 workers commute from Virginia (0.4% of NC workers).

In most counties, the majority of their workers also live in the county in which they work. Statewide, 74% of all individuals living and working in North Carolina were living and working within the same county. Only in Durham County did a majority of county workers (51%) live in another county.

Curious where workers in your county live? Explore county-to-county commuting patterns (based on county of work) in the interactive graphic below. Uncheck “Show Only Selected County” to see variation in commuting flows from outlying counties.

About Rebecca Tippett

Rebecca Tippett is Director of Carolina Demography at UNC-Chapel Hill's Carolina Population Center.
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