Census Data

Greater Manchester: Distance travelled to work

Location Type: Metropolitan Counties, ONS Geographic Code: E11000001

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Key Facts

All Residents 2,867,762
Male 1,412,734
Female 1,455,031
Households 1,178,238

The ONS doesn't publish census data directly for Metropolitan Counties. The figures on this page are aggregated from census areas contained within Greater Manchester. They may not, therefore, be precisely accurate. Age-standardised statistics and population density are not available for aggregated datasets.

Table Codets058
Unit of MeasurePerson
Number of Response Options11

This dataset provides Census 2021 estimates that classify usual residents aged 16 years and over in employment the week before the census in England and Wales by the distance they travelled to work. The estimates are as at Census Day, 21 March 2021.


The distance, in kilometres, between a person's residential postcode and their workplace postcode measured in a straight line. A distance travelled of 0.1km indicates that the workplace postcode is the same as the residential postcode. Distances over 1200km are treated as invalid, and an imputed or estimated value is added.

“Work mainly at or from home” is made up of those that ticked either the 'Mainly work at or from home' box for the address of workplace question, or the “Work mainly at or from home” box for the method of travel to work question.

“Other” includes no fixed place of work, working on an offshore installation and working outside of the UK.

Distance is calculated as the straight line distance between the enumeration postcode and the workplace postcode.

Quality Statement

As Census 2021 was during a unique period of rapid change, take care when using this data for planning purposes.
Read more in our Travel to work quality information for Census 2021 methodology.

Distance travelled to work: Total: All usual residents aged 16 years and over in employment the week before the census 1,280,106
Less than 2km 148,141
2km to less than 5km 198,490
5km to less than 10km 189,247
10km to less than 20km 131,893
20km to less than 30km 33,213
30km to less than 40km 11,499
40km to less than 60km 9,422
60km and over 12,683
Works mainly from home 366,213
Works mainly at an offshore installation, in no fixed place, or outside the UK 179,305

These values are calculated by adding up the values for census output areas contained within Greater Manchester. They may, therefore, be slightly inaccurate due to administrative boundaries not precisely aligning with census boundaries.

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