Evanstonians are more likely to walk to work or work at home than the average Chicago-area worker.

Newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that 8.5 percent of Evanston residents walked to work last year, compared to 5.5 percent of Chicago residents and only 2.6 percent of residents of the metro area as a whole.

The figures show another 6.2 percent of Evanston residents work at home, compared to 3.3 percent in the metro area and 2.9 percent in Chicago.

Chicagoans topped the list for using public transportation to get to work — with 25.3 percent — compared to 17.8 percent for Evanstonians and 10.8 percent region-wide.

That still leaves 65.4 percent of Evanston residents driving to work, a tad more than the 64.1 percent of Chicagoans who drive — but far less than the 81.8 percent drive-to-work average for the metro area as a whole. About 2 percent bicycle or use some other means to get to work.

The Census Bureau figures exclude people living in group quarters, including college dormitories.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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