Bay Area Commuting Key Statistics and Facts for 2023

Commuting is a big part of life in the San Francisco Bay Area. Here are some key stats about Bay Area commuting in 2023:

  • About 2/3 of Bay Area workers work in the county they live in​1​.
  • 3% of all workers commute into the Bay Area from outside the region​1​.
  • 88% of Santa Clara County’s employed residents work in the county​1​.
  • 59% of San Mateo County employed residents commute to jobs in the county, which is the lowest in the region​1​.
  • Four times as many workers commute into the region compared to the number who commute out each day​1​.
  • San Francisco and Silicon Valley import workers from other communities, primarily in the East Bay​1​.
  • San Francisco pulls in a net 150,000 commuters daily, and Santa Clara County brings in a net inflow of nearly 100,000 workers each day​1​.
  • The number of people working from home tripled between 2019 and 2021, from 5.7% to 17.9% of workers, or roughly 9 million to 27.6 million people. In the Bay Area, about 35% of its workforce primarily worked from home​2​.
  • Commute times in the Bay Area have shortened the most in the country since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with an average of 6.4 minutes shaved off their daily travel time in 2021 compared to 2019​2​.

Statistics about the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system include:

  • BART covers a total of 131.4 miles​3​.
  • There are 50 stations in the BART system, which include 19 surface, 15 elevated, and 16 subway stations​3​.
  • BART has a total of 669 legacy revenue vehicles with a seating capacity of 72 in both the Rohr-built A- and B-Cars, and 64 in C-Cars and C2-Cars. Additionally, BART has 8 DMU train cars each with a seating capacity of 104​3​.
  • The maximum speed of BART trains is 70 mph with an average speed of 35 mph, including 20-second station stops​3​.
  • Bart is on time 82.5% of the time.

Good luck on your next Bay Area commute!

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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