HRTPO has recently completed an analysis of commuting data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) data. This recently released data, which is based on the ACS’ 2005-2009 Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS), can be used to determine where Hampton Roads residents live and where they work. PUMS data is geographically classified according to Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs), geographic areas of at least 100,000 residents. The entire Hampton Roads area is covered by eleven of these PUMAs.
Of particular note in this analysis is the number of residents who commute from one side of the harbor to the other. Based on this data, an average of 27,800 residents commuted from the Peninsula to the Southside in 2005-2009, and 26,800 residents commuted from the Southside to the Peninsula. This total of 54,600 residents commuting across the harbor is higher than the 42,700 residents who commuted across the harbor in 2000.
This commuting data and other types of transportation data are available on the HRTPO website at http://hrtpo.org/HRTPO_Data.asp.