What does this measure?
The proportion of workers who came into or left a region for work during the year.
Why is this important?
The flow of commuters into and out of a region is an indicator of its economic vitality and ability to draw in employers and employees from surrounding areas. It also may reflect transportation options available to workers in a county and the match between the skills of the residents and the local jobs available.
How does our county compare?
In 2017, 34% of Lancaster County residents commuted outside the county for work, up 11 percentage points since 2002. This was a smaller proportion of residents than in neighboring counties. Also in 2017, 32% of people who worked in Lancaster County had traveled there from another county, an increase of 8 percentage points since 2002. This was a smaller percentage than every neighboring county.
In the City of Lancaster, 80% of residents commuted outside the city for work in 2017, a rise of 6 percentage points since 2002. Also in 2017, 85% of workers in the city had traveled there from elsewhere, up 2 percentage points since 2002.
Notes about the data
This analysis is conducted for workers' primary jobs. Out-of-state residents are included. The percentage of workers leaving the county is calculated out of all residents who work. The percentage of workers entering the county is calculated out of all workers employed within the county. Data for this indicator are released annually in the third quarter.
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