U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Vehicle Technologies Office
Fact #259: March 17, 2003
Household Travel by Gender
According to the 2001 National Household Travel Survey, men traveled 16% more miles than women in 2001. A person-mile is defined as the movement of one person for one mile. Therefore, if two people travel together going one mile, it would count as two person-miles. The trend is that women generally take more trips than men, but they travel fewer total miles than men.
Person-Miles of Travel by Gender, 1990–2001
Person-Miles of Travel by Gender (millions)
U.S. Department of Transportation, 2001 National Household Travel Survey.
U.S. Department of Transportation, 1995 NPTS Databook, October 2001, pp. 4–6, 4–7.
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