Census Data

West Midlands: Distance travelled to work

Location Type: Regions, ONS Geographic Code: E12000005

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Key Facts

All Residents 5,950,757
Male 2,927,564
Female 3,023,193
Households 2,429,491
Population Density (people/km2) 457.8
Table Codets058
Issued2022-12-08
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.

Summary

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 2,638,889
Less than 2km 296,330
2km to less than 5km 394,137
5km to less than 10km 361,449
10km to less than 20km 296,894
20km to less than 30km 123,626
30km to less than 40km 44,528
40km to less than 60km 32,545
60km and over 38,874
Works mainly from home 676,936
Works mainly at an offshore installation, in no fixed place, or outside the UK 373,570

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