Fact #728: May 21, 2012
Average Trip Length is Less Than Ten Miles
The average trip length (one-way) is 9.7 miles according to the 2009 Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey. Trip lengths vary by the purpose of the trip. Shopping and family/personal business are the shortest trips, on average. One-way trips to/from work average 12.2 miles.
Note: A trip is defined as one-way travel from one address to another address. For specific definitions of trip purposes, see pdf page 77 of the Summary of Travel Trends: 2009 National Household Travel Survey.
|Trip Purpose||Trip Length
|Share of Trips|
|Other family/personal business||6.8||21.9%|