Once Criticized as a Sign of Weakness, Philly’s Reverse Commuting Patterns Typical for a Big City


Commuting patterns in Philadelphia mirror those of the other large cities in America, according to a recent analysis, write Larry Eichel and Seth Budick for The PEW Charitable Trusts.

Darkened areas indicate the county where Philadelphian’s primary jobs are located. (Image via WHYY)

Philadelphia has seen its reverse commuting criticized as a sign of weakness in its economy. However, a new analysis shows that the numbers are typical for a big city.

In 2015, 39 percent of working Philadelphians were traveling outside the city to their primary jobs. This percentage is similar to 30 of the nation’s biggest cities.

The analysis shows an increase in reverse commuters in Philadelphia from 180,235 in 2002 to 212,336 in 2015.

Taking population growth into consideration, this is an increase of four percent, which matches the median increase in other large cities.

Philadelphians mostly commute to jobs in Montgomery, Bucks, and Delaware counties.

Read more about reverse commuting in Philadelphia from The PEW Charitable Trusts by clicking here.


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